By Richard F. Nance

ISBN-10: 0231152302

ISBN-13: 9780231152303

As with many non secular and philosophical traditions, Buddhist highbrow discourse owes its improvement to a dynamic interaction of basic resource fabric and next interpretation, but beforehand Buddhist scholarship has ignored to privilege one an important sequence of texts. Commentaries on Buddhist scripture, fairly the sutras, written through seminal thinkers around the heritage of Indian Buddhism, comprise myriad insights into the connection among textual research and formality perform. comparing those commentaries intimately for the 1st time, Richard F. Nance revisits—and rewrites—the serious background of Buddhist notion, together with its precise notion of doctrinal transmission.

Written by means of such luminaries as Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, and Santideva, scriptural commentaries have lengthy performed a major function within the monastic and philosophical lifetime of Indian Buddhism. Nance reads those texts opposed to the social and cultural stipulations in their making, setting up an exceptional old foundation for the translation of key ideals and doctrines. He additionally underscores parts of rivalry, during which students debate what it capacity to talk for, and as, a Buddha. all through those texts, Buddhist commentators fight to infer and symbolize the speech of Buddhas and educate others find out how to show and interpret its which means. while, they show the elemental limitation of attempting to communicate on behalf of Buddhas. Nance additionally investigates the inspiration of "right speech" as articulated by way of Buddhist texts and follows rules approximately instructing as imagined in the course of the universal determine of a Buddhist preacher. He notes using epistemological innovations in scriptural interpretation and the protocols guiding the composition of scriptural remark. He then interprets 3 such commentarial courses to raised make clear the normative assumptions organizing those students' work.

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