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Nagarjuna’s Verses

on the Great Vehicle and the Heart of Dependent Origination by: R.C. Jamieson

The volume presents a critical study with English translations of the renowned Buddhist scholar Nagarjuna’s works, Mahayanavimsika, Pratiya-samutpadahrdayakarika and Pratiasamutpada-hrdayavyakhyana — a prose work. While the translations are easy to understand, the comment-aries incorporate study of rare manuscripts like the Dunhuang manu-scripts (eighth-ninth centuries) to thoroughly examine the significance of Nagarjuna’s contributions to Buddhist religious philosophy.

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ISBN: 9788124601754
Year Of Publication: 2001
Edition: 1st
Pages : xi, 183
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 450

Overview

No one can, perhaps, question the philosophical genius of Nagarjuna. In the dialectic of this AD second century Buddhist scholar — also acknowledged as the founder of Madhyamika school, is seen the clearest expression of Shkyamuni Buddha’s profound, even the subtlest teachings. Here is, in three parts, a brilliant critical study, with readable English translations, of this time-honoured philosopher’s Mahayanavimshika (Verses on the Great Vehicle), Pratiyasamutpadahridayakarika (Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination) and, these besides, of his prose commentary, Pratiasamutpadahridayavyakhyana (An Interpretation of the Heart of Dependent Origination). Part 1, comprising translation, is intended to present these Buddhist texts, is an accessible form, unencumbered by any critical apparatus. Part 2 provides text — critical material as well as other comments — for readers interested in something more than just the translation in isolation. In part 3 are incorporated, for specialists/scholars/academics, further critical comments in the light of the Dunhuang manuscripts (c. eighth-ninth centuries ad), relating to the Pratiyasamutpadahridaya. A remarkable combination of Jamieson’s Sanskrit and Tibetan scholarship, this study is invaluable to anyone seeking a better understanding of Nagarjuna: the Buddhist philosopher and patriarch.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

Part 1
English Translation
Introduction to the Mahayanavimshika
Twenty Verses on the Great Vehicle
The sanskrit Mahayanavimshika
The Tibetan: theg pa chen po ni nyi shu pa
Homage to the Three Jewels
Introduction to the Pratityasamutpadahridayakarika and its Pratityasamutpadahridayavyakhyana
Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination
The Sanskrit Pratityasamutpadahridayakarika
The Tibetan: rten cing ‘brel par ‘ byung ba’i snying po’i tshig le’ur byas pa
Homage to the ever Youthful Manjushri
An Interpretation of the Heart of Dependent Origination
The Sanskrit Pratityasamutpadahridayavyakhyana
The Tibetan: rten cing ‘brel par’ byung ba’i snying po’i rnam par bshad pa
Homage to the ever Youthful Manjushri

Part 2
Critical Study and Edited Tibetan Texts
Preface
Twenty Verses on the Great Vehicle
rgya gar skad du / ma ha’ ya’ na bingsha ka / bod skad du/
theg pa chen po ni nyi shu pa // dkon mchog gsum la phyag ‘tsha,l lo //
Twenty Verses on the Great Vehicle
rgya gar skad du / ma ha’ ya’ na bim shi ka / bod skad du/
theg pa chen po nyi shu pa // ‘jam dpal gzhon nur gyur pa la phyag ‘tsha,l lo //
Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination
rgya gar skad du / pra ti tya sa mu tpa’ da hri da ya ka’ ri ka / bod skad du /
rten cing ‘brel bar ‘byung ba’i snying po’i tshig le’ur byas pa / ‘jam dpal gzhon nur gyur pa la phyag ‘tsha lo //
An Interpretation of the Heart of Dependent Origination
rgya gar skad du / pra ti’ tya sa mu tpa’ da hri da ya bya khya’ na / bod skad du/
rten cing ‘brel par ‘byung ba’i snying po’i rnam par bshad pa / ‘jam dpal gzhon nur gyur pa la phyag ‘tsha lo //
Comments
The Mahayanavimshika
The Pratityasamutpadahridayakarika

Part 3
Dunhuang Texts
Preface
Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination (Taken from a Dunhuang Manuscript)
rgya gar skad du / pra ti’ tya sa mud pa’ da hri da ya ka ri ka // bod skad du/
rten cing ‘brel pa’r ‘byung ba’i snying po/ tshig le’ ur byas pa’ (Pelliot mss)// ‘jam dpal gzho nur gyur pa la phyag ‘tshal lo //
An Interpretation of the Heart of Dependent Origination (Taken from a Dunhuang Manuscript)
rgya gar skad du / pra ti’ tya sa mud pa’ da hri da ya bya khya na /
Clarification of an Interpretation of the Heart of Dependent Origination (Taken from a Dunhuang Manuscript)
[rgya gar skad du / pra ti’ tya sa mud pa’ da hri da ya bya khya na ‘bhi sma ra na//
bod skad du // rten cing ‘brel par ‘byung ba’i snying po’i rnam par bshad pa’i brjed byang //]
Comments
The Pratityasamutpadahridayakarika
The Pratityasamutpadahridayavyakhyana
The Pratityasamutpadahridayavyakhyanabhismarana
Background to the Dunhuang Texts
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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R.C. Jamieson is Keeper of Sanskrit Manuscripts at the University of Cambridge, a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, and a member of King’s College. His new book, on the earliest dated illustrated Sanskrit manuscripts in the world, The Perfection of Wisdom, (New York, Penguin Viking, ISBN 0670889342/London, Frances Lincoln, 2000 ISBN 0711215103) includes all the illustrations from that historic manuscript (www.edlis.org/pow).
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