[INDOLOGY] Buddhavacanam

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at gmail.com
Wed Apr 12 17:17:03 UTC 2017

The article that Stella referred to seemed to be of interest to several
people here (including myself). I have now gotten to a library and
photocopied it. A scan of it in PDF is attached.

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 12:54 PM, Stella Sandahl via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> I cannot provide the article right now, but the point Prof. Smith was
> making  was that
> the Buddha wasn't talking about languages at all. He was mainly saying the
> his disciples and followers should
> render his words as they were spoken by him and refrain from all
> interpretations, additions, 'explanations'  etc.
> It is quite a sensible point in my view. And it makes all discussion about
> what language the Buddha himself actually
> spoke rather irrelevant, however interesting *per se*.
> Best
> Stella Sandahl
> P.S. I'll get the article in question when I can go in to the library.
> On Mar 20, 2017, at 3:23 AM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
> wrote:
> Might anyone be able to share a pdf of the article mentioned by Prof.
> Sandahl?
> with thanks as ever,
> Matthew
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
> ________________________________________
> From: Stella Sandahl [stella.sandahl at gmail.com]
> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 5:29 AM
> To: alakendu das
> Cc: Matthew Kapstein; indology at list.indology.info
> Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY]  quote search
> The most original interpretation of this famous passage is by the late
> Ronald Morton Smith.
> "What Was One's Own Language? Vinaya 2.139". The article can be found in
> Contacts between Cultures: South Asia 2 (Selected Papers  from the 33rd
> International Congress
> of Asian and North African  Studies (Toronto, Aigust 15-25, 1990). Ed. by
>  K.L. Koppedrayer,
> Lewiston 1992, pp, 240-241
> Best regards to all
> Stella Sandahl
> University of Toronto
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