Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Wed Mar 1 14:35:11 UTC 2017

Hello Patrick,

The most recent publication regarding the Byzantine text Barlaam and
Ioasaph is the following book by my colleague Donald Lopez:



On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 9:08 AM, Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Patrick,
> Despite the broad diffusion of some of Aśvaghoṣa's work,
> I do not think that there is evidence of a "smoking gun" proving that
> the Buddhacarita was transmitted into Middle Persian and thereby
> formed the basis for the very widespread Barlaam legends, which
> show up in almost everything from Amharic to Old Icelandic.
> And we cannot rule out the possibility that now lost summaries of the
> Buddha's life were also in circulation in Iranian Buddhist milieu -- the
> evidence of Buddhist textual traditions among pre-Islamic Iranian peoples
> is quite fragmentary indeed.
> best of luck,
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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