[INDOLOGY] new publication

Jonathan Silk kauzeya at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 08:18:13 EDT 2016

Dear Friends,

Self-serving self promotion warning!

Harvard Oriental Series 81Materials Toward the Study of Vasubandhu’s
*Viṁśikā* (I)Sanskrit and Tibetan Critical Editions of the Verses and
Autocommentary; An English Translation and Annotations


$30.00 • £22.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674970670

The blurb: The “Twenty Verses on Manifestation-Only” of the Indian Buddhist
philosopher Vasubandhu (c. 350–430?), his *Viṁśíkā*, is one of the most
important treatises of the Yogācāra school. Accompanied by the author’s own
commentary, the text lays out a vision of a “Buddhist Idealism” in which
even one’s experience of the sufferings of hell is revealed to be nothing
other than the results of working out one’s karma. Later scholars commented
on the work a number of times, in its original Sanskrit, in Tibetan
translation, and in three Chinese versions.

This book presents an edition and translation of the Sanskrit text of the
core verses, alongside the original author’s commentary, based directly on
the manuscript evidence. This is accompanied by an edition of the canonical
translations of these texts found in the Tibetan Tanjurs, as well as a
“draft translation” of the verses in Tibetan, found in a manuscript from
Dunhuang. This publication therefore provides the most reliable and
comprehensive philological accounting to date for this fundamental work.

The website (http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674970670)
says August, but it's published now.

very best, Jonathan

J. Silk
Leiden University
Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
Matthias de Vrieshof 3, Room 0.05b
2311 BZ Leiden
The Netherlands

copies of my publications may be found at
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