Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

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Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

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Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Postby Qianxi » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:29 am

Thanks, i'll have a look at this.

Just reading the abstract, this throws up interesting issues as to how texts like this are to be read. Once you've found an interesting reading of a text, how can you tell whether or not this reading was the intention of the author, and does it matter?

There are some great literary readings of the Bible (eg. Josipovici - The Book of God) that deliberately ignore its composite history and choose to read it as if it were a single book with a meaningful narrative arc across the whole.

I suppose the composite history of a text doesn't take away from the fact that it was eventually deliberately put together by a compiler.

Anyway, the abstract says you believe Prajñāpāramitā was not composite but composed as a whole, so my above comments may be irrelevant.

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Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Postby Wayfarer » Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:29 am

Greetings Ven. Huifeng

Many thanks for uploading this, I have located the PDF of your thesis, which is daunting, but I shall at least make an attempt on it. One of my topics for private study this year is 'early Mahayana' so this is very much relevant to that. (I am about to borrow the Joseph Waiser book, Nāgārjuna in context : Mahāyāna Buddhism and early Indian culture, that you recommended previously.)

I am also encouraged by your endorsement of Dr Edward Conze's work, I have several of his books but wasn't sure of his status in current Buddhist studies. I have always found his writing illuminating and provocative.

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In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few ~ Suzuki-roshi

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Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Postby Qianxi » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:49 pm

I don't suppose anyone has a pdf copy of an article mentioned in the talk:

“Resetting the Diamond: Reflections on Kumārajīva’s Chinese Translation of the Vajracchedikā (“DIamond Sūtra”),” Journal of Historical and Philological Studies of China’s Western Regions, No. 3 (Beijing: Science Press) 2010, pp. 233–248.

The Chinese name of the journal containing this article is 西域历史语言研究集刊(第三辑). The British Library only appears to have No. 5. Which is a shame, because it looks like the perfect article to accompany a read through of Kumarajiva's Chinese.

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Re: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:18 pm

Chiasmus |kīˈazməs| noun

a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; e.g. 'Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.’

DERIVATIVES
chiastic |kīˈastik| adjective

ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (in the general sense [crosswise arrangement] ): modern Latin, from Greek khiasmos ‘crosswise arrangement,’ from khiazein ‘mark with the letter chi,’ from khi ‘chi.’
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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