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The Life & Works of Buddhaghosa

 
Bimala Charan Law (Author)
Synopsis Buddhaghosa was the most celebrated commentator of the Theravada School of Buddhism. An attempt has been made in the present treatise to build up a connected history of the life and labours of the distinguished exegete. In the first chapter, it has been attempted to put together the materials for a life-history of Buddhaghosa as culled from his own works as well as from Dhammakitti’s account recorded in the Mahavamsa. The second chapter deals with the legends which grew about our commentator as mentioned in the Buddhaghosuppatti, the Sasanavamsa and similar works. Much importance cannot be attached to these legends as they are of little value from the historical point of view. The third chapter treats of the origin and development of Buddhist commentaries, and an important branch of the Buddhist literature, namely, that of the Poranas has been examined in it.
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Bibliographic information

Title The Life & Works of Buddhaghosa
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188043281
length xvi+183p., Index; 22cm.