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Buddhist Monastic Discipline

Charles S. Prebish (Author)

Buddhist Monastic Discipline Contains two significant Buddhist monastic disciplinary texts-the Sanskrit Pratimoksa Sutras of the Mahasamghikas and Mulasarvastivadins- for the first time, translated into English. They are printed on facing pages for ease of comparison. One of the texts is that of a very early Buddhist schools first appearing in the 4th century BCE, and the other is one not mentioned in the records until the 7th century CE. The contrasting texts thus highlight the development practices.

Two introductory chapters precede the translated Sutras. The first gives an overview of the rise of Buddhist monasticism; and provisionally identifies the problematics inherent in Pratimoksa study, pointing the way to needed research. The translated Sutras were found and edited.

The translated texts are thoroughly annotated, often highlighting hitherto unknown grammatical variants hitherto unknown grammatical variants in Buddhist Hybird Sanskrit, and are followed by a concordance table of Bhiksu language and by a selected bibliography.

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About the author

Charles S. Prebish

CHARLES S PREBISH is Professor of Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. His prior books include Buddhist Monastic Discipline, Buddhism: A Modern Perspective, American Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics: A Cross-Cultural Approach, Religion and Sport: The Meeting of Sacred and Profane, and Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America. He has published numerous professional articles in prestigious scholarly and academic journals. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and as Co-Chairman of the Buddhism Group of the American Academy of Religion. He has been active in a number of other professional organizations;, including the Association for Asian Studies, American Oriental Society, Pali Text Society, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. In 1997-98, he held a Rockefeller Foundation National Humanities Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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Title Buddhist Monastic Discipline
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2002
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120813391
length 156p., 5.6"X 8.7"