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The Vimalakirti Sutra: From the Chinese Version by Kumarajiva

Burton Watson (Translator)
Synopsis The Vimalakirti Sutra, one of the most influential works of the Mahayana Buddhist canon, is of particular importance in the Ch’an or Zen sect.  Originally written in Sanskrit, probably in the first century C.C., it claims to record events of more than four hundred years earlier. Noted for its eloquent, orderly exposition of the basic tenets of Mahayana, the text is also remarkable for the liveliness of its episodes and frequent touches of humor, rarities in a religious work of this type. The Vimalakirti Sutra is unusual in that its central figure is not a Buddha or Buddhas, but a wealthy townsman, Vimalakirti, who epitomizes the ideal lay believer. For this reason, and because of the Sutra's enduring literary appeal, it has been particularly popular among lay Buddhists in China, Japan, and the other Asian countries where Mahayana doctrines prevail, and has exercised a marked influence on literature and art. Beautifully translated by Burton Watson from the Chinese version of Kumarajiva, The Vimalakirti Sutra is the first-ever translation into English from the popular Chinese version.  Including notes to the translation and a glossary, as well as a brief history of early Buddhism and an introduction to the doctrine of nondualism-a key tenet in Mahayana thought-this translation will delight not only those familiar with the text but also a new generation of readers. 
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About the author

Burton Watson

Burton Watgson is renowned for his prolific and beautiful translation from the Chinese and Japanese. He has written or translated several books published by Columbia University Press including The Old Man Who Does as He Pleases, Satgyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry Selected Writings of Nichiren.

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Title The Vimalakirti Sutra: From the Chinese Version by Kumarajiva
Author Burton Watson
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788120816725
length xi+159p., Glossary.