Re: [INDOLOGY] New Book: The Ātman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism
David and Nancy Reigle
dnreigle at gmail.com
Wed May 13 01:17:01 UTC 2015
Sorry I did not specify that the statement I quoted from Prof.
Bhattacharya's Preface is translated from his 1973 French Preface. He did
not write a new preface for the English edition. Yes, I think Buddhist
scholars, for the most part, took his French book fairly well. At least,
that is what I deduce from the four reviews of it that I read. On the other
hand, from a statement that he made in an article published two years
later, he apparently did get a fair amount of negative reflex-type
responses to it. He wrote in 1975 (p. 3):
"It is sometimes said that although the texts that have been used prove
that the Buddha did not deny the Upaniṣadic *ātman*, or even that he
accepted it, there are others, thousands of others, which prove just the
opposite. Well, since the names of those texts have not been revealed so
far, I will stick to my position until it is *proved* wrong."
He continued to write on this topic throughout his life, in at least ten
articles from 1975 to 2006. I have gathered these articles and posted scans
of them, along with the brief biography and full bibliography published in
1999 in “Guruvandana: Essays in Indology in Honour of K. Bhattacharya,”
I have also scanned and posted the original 1973 French book here:
Thanks for asking about a Kindle version. This will spur me on to get one
set up. Hopefully this will not take very long.
Cotopaxi, Colorado, U.S.A.
On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM, Walser, Joseph <Joseph.Walser at tufts.edu>
> Too bad that Bhattacharya felt so apprehensive about his book's
> reception before he died. I would like to think that Buddhist scholars
> aren't really as grumpy as they sometimes appear to be. You mentioned
> electronic input. Do you know if there will be a kindle version
> Joseph Walser
> Associate Professor
> Department of Religion
> Tufts University
> *From:* INDOLOGY [indology-bounces at list.indology.info] on behalf of David
> and Nancy Reigle [dnreigle at gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Monday, May 11, 2015 8:25 PM
> *To:* indology at list.indology.info
> *Subject:* [INDOLOGY] New Book: The Ātman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism
> Kamaleswar Bhattacharya’s 1973 French book, *L’Ātman-Brahman dans le
> Bouddhisme ancien*, has just been published in English translation as *The
> Ātman-Brahman in Ancient Buddhism*. It is available from Amazon.com at:
> I do not know if the publication of this book was his last wish, because he
> died unexpectedly on March 16, 2014, but I have regarded it as such, as far
> as my duty in getting it published is concerned. Here follows some brief
> information about how this came about.
> I first contacted him about an English translation of this book in 2001.
> At that time he already had a typescript English translation of it, made by
> someone other than himself, whose name we never learned. From this
> typescript, faint and nearly illegible in parts, with many handwritten
> corrections and changes added, my wife Nancy input an electronic copy. A
> printout of this was mailed to Prof. Bhattacharya for his corrections and
> revisions. Over the course of several years, due to his many other
> commitments, revised printouts went back and forth between France and the
> U.S.A. several times. In the end, he had the book as he wanted it. We were
> awaiting the four indexes when we learned of his passing.
> As for the content of this book, its thesis is, as stated in his
> Preface: “the Buddha does not deny the Upaniṣadic *ātman*; on the
> contrary, he indirectly affirms it, *in denying that which is falsely
> believed to be the* *ātman*.”
> He continues: “The one request I would make of such eminent scholars as
> have devoted their lives to the study of Buddhism is that they adopt a
> genuinely Buddhist attitude and read this book before saying, ‘That is
> David Reigle
> Cotopaxi, Colorado, U.S.A.
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