A translation of the Large Prajna Paramita Sutra???

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A translation of the Large Prajna Paramita Sutra???

Post by jikai » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:04 pm

Hi all,

I recently stumbled on a what claims to be the first two volumes of Xuanzang's Chinese translation of the Large Prajna Paramita Sutra, Bore Jing 大般若経. See link:
https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/aw/d/162787 ... ichen+chen


https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/aw/d/162787 ... ref=plSrch

The author claims to have completed the translation of the entire work with later volumes awaiting publication. Amazon gives the following about the author:

"Naichen Chen, PhD, is a retired professor of philosophy, Buddhism, and education. His previous works include a translation of The Samdhinirmocana Sutra from Classical Chinese to English and six books in Chinese on education and religion. He will publish volumes two through eighteen of The Great Prajna Paramita Sutra over the next three years."

This all sounds rather too good to be true. Does anyone know anything about the author? Are his academic credentials legitimate? Has anyone seen the translation? Is it genuine? And well done?

If it is legitimate, and properly done this would be a magnificent achievement, and a great resource. But...so many questions unanswered...

Hopefully someone here knows something about it, and can tell us if its worth looking into!



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Re: A translation of the Large Prajna Paramita Sutra???

Post by Sentient Light » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:31 pm

Found their thesis from the University of Florida: https://philpapers.org/rec/CHENAW

A scholar of Asian Studies/Philosophy, not necessarily Buddhism. The paper was over thirty years ago, so probably got more interested in translating Buddhist scriptures afterward? Looks like he spent some time working for an academic institution associated with Hsi Lai Temple in LA (I know they invite scholars in to speak in dharma-talk-like fashion from time to time, I'm imagining he was the one organizing these).

I would say that the author is legitimate, but hasn't actually done very much in their career since receiving their doctorate, so maybe wouldn't consider this a definitive version.
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