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Pali Language and Literature (2 Vols. set)

A Systematic Survey and Historical Study

In Pali is preserved the Buddhist canon. Which, considered as "the most authentic form of Buddhavacana", constitutes the very matrix of its 2500-year-long Theravada tradition. A refined, widely-spoken language of the early Middle Indic (Indo-Aryan) stage: about bc 600-200, Pali has also left, for posterity, a splendid legacy of "secular" literature that captures contemporary socio-cultural milieus not only of India, but of Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and other neighbouring countries as well.

Here is, in two volumes, a fascinating, well-knit study of the Pali language, and also of its literature: both canonical and non-canonical. Beginning with a systematic description of the language, its historical evolution, phonology and major grammatical categories, VOLUME 1 takes an indepth, critical look at the canonical Pali texts -- all the three Pitakas : the three "baskets" (collections): the Vinaya, Sutta and Abhidhamma, which, among other things, embody Sakyamuni's own universal message, the writings of his immediate monastic followers/disciples, the basic principles of shula (ethical behaviour), the disciplinary codes for the sangha and, above all, the Theravada philosophy in its truly pristine frame.

VOLUME 2 surveys nearly the whole variety of Non-canonical Pali Literature covering creative writings, manuals, and as many as 25 chronicles: from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Thailand -- besides numerous commentaries of the old-world scholars, like Buddhadatta, Buddhaghosa, and Dhammapala. In focus here are also a range of treatises on law, grammar, lexicography, and poetics including rhetorics and metrics.

A painstakingly documented work with a comprehensive index, involving years of Dr. Hazra's research effort, this book is invaluable to the scholars/researchers of Buddhist Studies, specially of Theravada Buddhism, Pali language and Pali literature.

Vol.1 - Language : History and Structure; ISBN: 8124600023

1998, xvii, 462 p.; Bibliography; Index; 25 cm.

 

Vol. 2 - Literature : Canonical Pali Texts; ISBN: 8124600031

1998, xvii, 463 to 823 p.; Bibliography; Index; 25 cm.

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About This Book
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600047
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460004X
  • Edition : 3rd Impression
  • Year : 2014
  • Pages : xvii, 823p.
  • Size : 25
  • Weight (approx.) : 1800
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index

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