[INDOLOGY] Tārā-namaskāra-ekaviṃśati-stotram

Shrikant Bahulkar shrikant.bahulkar at gmail.com
Sun Mar 10 12:01:46 UTC 2024

Dear David, you did a great job. It is absolutely necessary to bring out a
good edition. The next step is the recitation of Stotras. While it is less
important for academics, there are several people who love to recite the
Stotras. I have however observed many faults in the recitation.

On Sat, 9 Mar 2024, 23:14 David and Nancy Reigle via INDOLOGY, <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> An error in my "more reliable" digital edition was discovered by me last
> night. Apologies to all who already downloaded it. The corrected version
> was uploaded to Academia.edu last night, after I found the error. It is in
> verse 11, pāda b: the incorrect "patala" instead of the correct "paṭala".
> Sorry!
> Best regards,
> David Reigle
> Colorado, U.S.A.
> On Thu, Mar 7, 2024 at 5:09 PM David and Nancy Reigle <dnreigle at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The worst two editions by far are the ones that have been input and have
>> thus become widely available digitally. This is unfortunate, especially so
>> since these may unknowingly be regarded as "the" Sanskrit of this text. So
>> I have prepared a more reliable digital edition. In the absence of any
>> palm-leaf manuscript, I have had to simply make use of a few more exemplars
>> of the Tibetan transliteration of the Sanskrit text found in the
>> *Sarva-tathāgata-mātṛ-tārā-viśva-karma-bhava-tantra* than were available
>> to Martin Willson by 1986.
>> The first digital edition, from 2004, available from the Digital Sanskrit
>> Buddhist Canon site in devanāgarī (
>> https://www.dsbcproject.org/canon-text/content/631/2758) and in roman (
>> https://www.dsbcproject.org/canon-text/content/113/806), was input from
>> Janardan Shastri Pandey's edition in his 1994 *Bauddhastotrasamgraha*.
>> Pandey is an excellent Sanskrit pandit, and he emended what he could (in
>> parentheses), but the manuscript he drew from was obviously very corrupt.
>> In his *Āryatārāsragdharāstotram & Tārānamaskāraikaviṃśatistotram*
>> published the following year, 1995, he provided a greatly improved edition.
>> As comparison of his readings show, he had access to Wayman's 1959 edition
>> that was reprinted in his 1984 book, *Buddhist Insight*, in the interim.
>> The second digital edition, from 2020, available from GRETIL (
>> https://gretil.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gretil/corpustei/transformations/html/sa_namaskAraikaviMzatistotra.htm),
>> was input from Godefroy de Blonay's 1895 edition, which was based on two
>> late paper manuscripts. The understandable inadequacy of this pioneering
>> edition has long been known, yet it is not as bad as the first digital
>> edition, described above.
>> On the basis of the very old Tibetan transliteration of the Sanskrit text
>> found in the *Sarva-tathāgata-mātṛ-tārā-viśva-karma-bhava-tantra*, in
>> comparison with de Blonay's edition and the TIbetan translation (Toh. 438),
>> Alex Wayman was able to produce a good edition in 1959 (*Journal of the
>> Bihar Research Society*, vol. XLV, pp. 36-43). He used only the sDe dge
>> recension for the Tibetan transcription. Martin Willson used several more
>> recensions, and produced a very good edition in his 1986 book, *In
>> Praise of Tārā*. I found only one reading that I regard as an error in
>> his edition: abhivartinam rather than correct abhivartinām in verse 26d.
>> Based on additional sources, I chose equally correct alternative readings
>> in several places.
>> This stotra was brought to my attention by a friend who has long worked
>> with the Tibetan sources. After then seeing how faulty the widely used
>> Sanskrit edition from the Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon is, I undertook
>> this digital edition. I would be happy to have it uploaded to Archive.org.
>> In the meantime, it can be found here:
>> https://www.academia.edu/115937238/Tara_namaskaraikavimsati_stotram
>> Best regards,
>> David Reigle
>> Colorado, USA
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