Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism - Paul Harrison

Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism - Paul Harrison

Early Mahāyāna in Gandhāra: New Evidence from the Bajaur Mahāyāna Sūtra

Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism - Paul Harrison

Ingo Strauch [+-]
University of Lausanne
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Ingo Strauch is Professor of Sanskrit and Buddhist Studies at the University of Lausanne. His research focusses on Buddhist literature from Gandhāra and Indian epigraphy and palaeography.

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The chapter investigates some aspects of the so-called ‘Bajaur Mahāyāna sūtra’. This text is part of the growing corpus of Mahāyāna literature from ancient Gandhāra. According to its palaeographical and linguistic features the manuscript can be dated to the first or second century CE and therefore represents one of the oldest preserved remains of early Mahāyāna literature. Although the edition and translation of this text are still ongoing, the chapter highlights some aspects of this hitherto unknown text that can help to establish its doctrinal position in comparison with other witnesses of early Mahāyāna, in particular those of the Prajñāpāramitā literature.

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Strauch, Ingo . Early Mahāyāna in Gandhāra: New Evidence from the Bajaur Mahāyāna Sūtra. Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 207-242 Jun 2018. ISBN 9781781798539. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24518. Date accessed: 21 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24518. Jun 2018

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