Dipak Bhattacharya dbhattacharya2004 at YAHOO.CO.IN
Sun Dec 21 12:50:58 UTC 2008

21 12 08
Thanks for the information. I discussed the matter with Dr.Gaurishwar Bhattacharya a few years ago. He also published a paper on the matter in Bengali in 2004. He mentioned Schlingloff and a host of Indian and Western scholars starting from Lü the paper and also orally to me but not Har Dayal. No derivation from satvan too was proposed by him.  It will be very convenient if information about the publication are made known to us.

--- On Sun, 21/12/08, mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU <mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU> wrote:

From: mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU <mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU>
Subject: Re: bodhisattva/bodhisatva
Date: Sunday, 21 December, 2008, 2:20 PM

The hypothesis that sattva in bodhisattva, mahaasattva,
etc., might be related to satvan was already advanced
by Har Dayal some 70 years ago. I suggest a review of
his work on the part of those who are interested.

Before jumping to conclusions based on the ms. evidence
of satva, instead of sattva, I would suggest verifying
whether or not the same orthography is found in the
case of the word sattva, as in sarvasattva- "all living
beings." In this case proposed derivations from zakta, satvan,
etc., do not seem plausible; and if sattva in
this usage is also spelled satva, it would seem to at least
call into question the impulse to treat bodhisat(t)va as
a special case.

Matthew T. Kapstein
Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
The University of Chicago Divinity School

Directeur d'études
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

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