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Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Immeasurable Words

ISBN : 9780190906658

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Author: 
Maria Heim
Pages
288 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Oct 2018
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How did ancient Buddhists read and interpret the Buddha's words? In Voice of the Buddha, Maria Heim reads the early Buddhist scriptures with Buddhaghosa, the principal commentator, editor, and translator of the Theravada intellectual tradition. Buddhaghosa considers the Buddha to be omniscient and his words "oceanic." Every word, passage, bookindeed, the corpus as a wholeis taken to be "endless and immeasurable." Commentarial practice thus requires disciplined methods of expansion, drawing out the endless possibilities for meaning and application. Heim considers Buddhagohsa's theories of scripture and follows his practices of exegesis to yield fresh insight into all three collections of the early Pali texts: Vinaya, the Suttas, and the Abhidhamma.

Index: 

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Part One: Building Blocks for an Interpretative Program
Chapter One: The Buddha's Omniscience and the Immeasurability of Scripture
Chapter Two: Scripture, Commentary, and Exegetical Distinctions
Part Two: Interpreting the Three Pitakas
Chapter Three: Interpreting the Contexts and Conditions of Buddhavacana in the Suttanta
Chapter Four: Disentangling the Tangle: Abhidhamma as Phenomenological Analysis
Chapter Five: The 'Completely Pleasing' Exegesis on the Vinaya
Conclusion
Appendix A: The Recollection of the Dhamma
Appendix B: Commentary on the Section on Veranja Starting the Vinaya
Appendix C: Four Oceans and Three Pitakas
Bibliography

About the author: 

Maria Heim is Professor of Religion and Elizabeth W. Bruss Reader at Amherst College. She is the author of The Forerunner of All Things and Theories of the Gift in South Asia.

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