Vedhamissakena: Perils of the Transmission of the Buddhadhamma

Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies

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Title Vedhamissakena: Perils of the Transmission of the Buddhadhamma
 
Creator Levman, Bryan
 
Description Comparing parallel P  āli and Sanskrit versions of the Buddha’s teachings reveal an underlying linguistic stratum which is a common source for both. Although we may never be able to ascertain the exact words of the Buddha, we know his teachings were transmitted orally by bhāṇakas (reciters) in one or more middle-Indic dialects. As the religion spread into different regions of India the words also changed, adapted to local dialects. When the teachings were committed to writing around the first century B. C., the Pāli and Buddhist Sanskrit forms were sometimes contradictory, reflecting the redactors’ different interpretations of the oral transmission. By comparing these different forms, it is possible to isolate a proto-form which explains the ambiguities and is closer to the original transmission. This is a case in point, comparing an incident from the Pāli Mahāparinibbāna sutta and its Sanskrit parallel, the Mahāparinirvāṇa sūtra.
 
Publisher SFU David See Chai Lam Centre for International Communication
 
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Date 2015-12-14
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/cjbs/index.php/cjbs/article/view/57
 
Source Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies; No 5 (2009)
1710-8268
1710-825X
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/cjbs/index.php/cjbs/article/view/57/54
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Bryan Levman
 

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