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A Reader in Sanskrit Buddhist Texts

The present reader was created to help remedy the dearth of teaching and independent-study resources for students interested in reading Sanskrit Buddhist literature. This reader offers a selection of twenty short to medium length texts drawn from a variety of sources covering some of the major genres of Sanskrit Buddhist literature, i.e., discourses (sūtra), treatises (śāstra), commentaries (bhāṣya), and kāvya (“belles-lettres”), including hymns of praise (stotra), court epics (mahākāvya), and jātaka tales. The reader is made up of three volumes, providing the text, vocabulary, and the ancient Chinese and Tibetan translations.

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Last updated: 2019/05/01


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Every effort has been made to avoid mistakes, but this reader is still a work in progress and errors may have crept in, due to a lack of vigilance or knowledge on my part. Corrections, suggestions, or feedback of any kind would be greatly appreciated, as such contributions will help improve future editions.

— Luke Gibson










— Luke Gibson(齊哲睦)

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