[INDOLOGY] Buddhavacanam

Stella Sandahl stella.sandahl at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 15:44:50 UTC 2017

Dear David,
Mille grazie! Due to bad back problems I have not been able to to go to the library to get the article. 
I think Professor Smith's interpretation is very convincing. Smith has written about heresies earlier: see "The Early Heresies in the Development of Indian Religion"
in Indologica Taurinensia 2 (1974, 149-198, "Addendum to the Early Heresies" Indologica Taurinensia 5 (1977) , 177-178.
Best regards to all
P.S. For an (almost) complete bibliography of Professor Smith's many (very original) publications see Corolla Torontonensis. Studies in 
Honour of Ronald Morton Smith, edited by Emmet Robbins and Stella Sandahl, TSAR publications Toronto 1994, pp.xiii-xix.

Professor Stella Sandahl (emerita)
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On Apr 12, 2017, at 1:17 PM, David and Nancy Reigle <dnreigle at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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