signature verses and cikacika?

Wed Feb 25 14:49:19 UTC 2009

A footnote to the discussion on signature verses. There are also such  
allusions in prose, for instance Aanandavardhana in Dhvanyaaloka  
(towards the very end of the commentary on the first verse--also  
identified as such by Abhinavagupta thereon: aananda iti ca  
granthakrto naama).

I came across a most peculiar sounding word in  
Pramaanavaarttikalankaara 334,7, which I can't find in the  
dictionaries: caikyacikya. I assume it is derived from cikacika, and  
it must desribe some color (or shape) (ruupa). Any idea anyone?

Quoting mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU:

> It may be of interest in this connection that,
> as I note in my article in
> S. Pollock's Literary Cultures in History,
> Sa skya Pandita actually compiled a short
> anthology of such verses that involve the
> author's self-praise. It is found in his
> nga brgyad ma'i 'grel pa. This may therefore
> be a useful source for locating some other
> examples, preserved at least in Tibetan translation.
> (All of Sa pan's examples are from Indian
> Buddhist works.)
> 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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