By Eugène Burnouf

The main influential paintings on Buddhism to be released within the 19th century, advent ? l’histoire du Buddhisme indien, through the good French pupil of Sanskrit Eug?ne Burnouf, set the direction for the educational examine of Buddhism, and Indian Buddhism specifically, for the subsequent hundred years. First released in 1844, the masterwork was once learn through the most very important thinkers of the time, together with Schopenhauer and Nietzsche in Germany and Emerson and Thoreau in the US. yet a century and a part on, Burnouf’s textual content has mostly been forgotten.All that alterations with Katia Buffetrille and Donald S. Lopez Jr.’s English translation of this foundational textual content. Reemerging the following as a colourful artifact of highbrow background and as a progenitor of the customarily colourful family tree of Buddhist stories, creation to the historical past of Indian Buddhism offers a transparent view of the way the faith used to be understood within the early a long time of the 19th century. Burnouf used to be an impeccable pupil, and his imaginative and prescient, specifically of the Buddha, keeps to profoundly form our glossy realizing of Buddhism. certainly, the paintings bargains a wellspring of still-valuable info and perception into the idea and perform of Buddhism. In reintroducing Burnouf to a brand new iteration of Buddhologists, Buffetrille and Lopez have revived a seminal textual content within the background of Orientalism.

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P. —How the contrary can be asserted, p. —Factual character of the information that the most authentic of these books contains, p. —Starting from the propagation of Buddhism the history of India begins to become clear, p. —On the tradition of Northern Buddhism, and that the Tibetans are its repository, like the Nepalese, p. —On the dates of the Tibetan translations, p. —On the three councils by which the canonical books were redacted, according to the Tibetans, p. —What we have is probably the work of the last council, p.

60; the Mongols, p. 60; the Chinese, p. 61—Importance of the Tibetan, Mongol, and Chinese translations, p. —Superiority of the Sanskrit texts, p. —The translations do not take into account the varieties of dialects, p. —Details drawn from the Lotus of the Good Law, p. —Examples borrowed from the Tibetan versions, p. a, p. —On Indian proper nouns, p. 72—On the systematically faulty translations, p. — Incontestable utility of these various translations for chronology, p. —That the Sanskrit originals have been, for the most part, written in India, p.

General plan of the present work, p. 78. S E C O N D M E M O R A N D UM Description of the collection of the books of Nepal, p. 81. Section 1. General description, p. 83. Catalogue of the Nepalese collection by Mr. Hodgson, p. —Extent of this collection, p. —The religious books divided into three collections, p. 85; 42 Analytical Table of the First Two Memoranda The sūtras, or first collection, p. 85, regarded as the word of Śākyamuni Buddha, p. —The vinaya, or discipline, second collection, p.

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