-vada / -vadin

Richard Salomon rsalomon at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Sun Feb 15 18:58:34 UTC 1998

Jonathan et al.:

In inscriptions, we find both sarvaasti-vaada- and -vaadin- to refer to
adherents (usually "aacaarya-s") of the school.  The former occurs, for
example, in the Mathura lion capital (Konow CII II.2, line A-15 and J-3)
and the Kurram casket ins. (ibid. p.11, line 1C).  I haven't checked this
point extensively, but I would expect that inscriptions would be useful in
clearing up (or perhaps rather in further confusing) this issue.


On Sun, 1 Feb 1998, jonathan silk wrote:

> I recently "corrected" the draft of a friend's paper, and suggested that
> the usage Sarvastivada was correct for the sect, and Sarvastivadin for a
> follower of said sect. The same for Vibhajyavadin. However, in looking
> through some sources my friend tells me that the actual usage in texts
> seems to be inconsistent. Is this possible, grammatically speaking?  In
> other words, can we take 'Sarvastivadin' as the name of the sect and
> 'Sarvastivada' is an adjective form (as the 'Mulasarvastivada-vinaya')?
> Apparently both Frauwallner and Bareau use Sarvastivadin as the name of the
> sect.
> Any comments welcome!
> Jonathan Silk
> SILK at wmich.edu

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