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The Literature of the Personalists of Early Buddhism

Bhikshu Thich Thien Chau (Author) Sara Boin Webb (Translator) Buddhist Tradition Series
Synopsis Personalism (Pudgalavada) was a remarkable and durable aspect of an important part of early Buddhism. For more than ten centuries it was taught and defended by several schools and had numerous followers but was strongly criticised by other Buddhist schools. The Literature of the Personalists (Pudgalavadins) of Early Buddhism, attempts to present an historical overview of the personalist schools and studies on the formation and content of the doctrine (dharma and monastic discipline (vinaya) of the Pudgalavadins, in accordance with the documentation available. With respect to the doctrinal problem, the literary evidence which exists has revealed to us the main thesis of the Pudgalavadins, the pudgala, and fifteen other secondary theses. The creation of the theory of the pudgala represents a reaction to the depersonalisation of the dogmatic Abhidharma masters.
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About the authors

Bhikshu Thich Thien Chau

Bhikshu Thich Thien Chau was born in 1931. He entered pagoda in 1947 and became a bhikshu in 1952. He attended Buddhist couses at Bao Quoc Institute in Hue City in 1948 and graduated in 1958. He continued his buddhist studies at Nalanda, India, from 1961 to 1965 and got the degree of Palyacharya then got M.A. degree. he did his Research work in the School of Oriental and African Studies, univerity of London from 1966 to 1967, then in Sorbonne from 1967 to 1978 and got the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1971, Docteur D'Etat'es lettres et Sciences humaines in 1978.

Bhikshu Thich Thien Chau was the founder and President of the Truc Lam (Veluvana) Buddhist Institute, built in 1980, in Paris and now he is the President of Truc Lam Institute, Vice President of the Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute, and Vice President of the Committee of Translation and Publication of the Vietnamese Tripitaka. He has composed many Books in French and Vietnamese.

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Sara Boin Webb

Sara Boin-Webb is the official translator of Lamotte's work. Her success is attested by the publication of her English-language renderings of Lamotte's Vimalakirtinirdesa (The Teaching of Vimalakirti, London 1976) and Histoire du bouddisme indien (History of Indian Buddhism, Louvain 1988), as well as several other works from the French. Her translation of the above-mentioned commentary on the Prajnaparamitasutra awaits publication. She is Assistant Editor of Buddhist Studies Review.

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Title The Literature of the Personalists of Early Buddhism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 8120816226, 9788120816220
length xiv+242p., Tables; Diagrams; Notes; Biblio.; Abbreviations; Index; 23cm