Re: [INDOLOGY] Mahāvastu questions

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at
Sat Jun 15 21:01:34 UTC 2019

Dear Valerie,

On your question no. 2, the scan of the J. J. Jones translation that I made
and posted is searchable:

On your question no. 3, Jones inserted the page numbers of the Senart
edition into his translation, so that is the easiest way to correlate the

On your question no. 4, I do not have Basak's edition, but when I examined
it at a library I noted that it is based on or copied from Senart's
edition. He added a Bengali translation.

Glad that someone else already answered no. 1, with a link to the online
searchable Sanskrit text at GRETIL. As you know, and as noted here by
Seishi Karashima on May 16, a new (and much improved) edition is coming out

*The Mahāvastu: A New Edition*, vol. III, ed. by Katarzyna Marciniak
(Bibliotheca Philologica et Philosophica Buddhica XIV,1)

ISBN 978-4-904234-18-1.

A PDF file will soon be made available at the following link:

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Sat, Jun 15, 2019 at 10:02 AM Valerie Roebuck via INDOLOGY <
indology at> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues
> (1) Does anyone know where there is a searchable Sanskrit text of the
> Mahāvastu Avadāna online? The one formerly at
> seems to have disappeared.
> (2) Similarly with a searchable translation? The versions I’ve found of
> the J J Jones one are frustrating to use: see (3).
> (3) Does anyone understand the verse and chapter numbering of this text?
> The text references and translation seem to use a completely different
> system.
> (4) Has anyone got Basak’s text to hand? If so, I would be grateful to see
> copies of a couple of pages.
> Many thanks -
> Valerie J Roebuck
> Manchester, UK
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