In this volume, a companion to the author`s Collected Papers on Jaina Studies, twenty-nine of his articles, encompassing some forty years of research on various facets of Buddhism, have been brought together for the first time. They cover a wide range of topics including comparative studies with Jainism, points of controversy within Abhidharma, the Bodhisattva career of Maitreya based on narratives from the Jatakas and Mahayana Sutras, and selections from Buddhist ritual texts.
PADMANABH S. JAINA is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In the area of Buddhist Studies, he is probably best known for his critical edition of the Abhidharmadipa and its Vrtti. This was followed by an edition of Saratama, a commentary on the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita, and critical editions of Pannasa-Jataka, translated as Apocryphal Birth-Stories.
"...How useful it is to have so many of the papers of one of India`s finest
living scholars in the field of Buddhist studies so readily available. This
kind of volume is invaluable for smaller libraries and individual scholars
with limited funds."
--L.S.Cousins, Nagoya Studies in
Indian Culture and Buddhism
" The range of the author`s knowledge of relevant sources is astounding.
The papers in this collection are products of immaculate scholarship. The
additional information is incorporated in extensive and copious notes is
enormous. The book is also a pleasure to study and could no doubt be a
source of inspiration for other scholars for many a further research
--Buddhist Studies Review
.....collection of essays is important for those interested in the
intellectual matrix in which Buddhism arose, flourished & decayed in
India....these papers are still valuable sources of information and the
ideas for Buddhist students in the new millennium."
--The Middle Way
Vol:78, No.4, Feb-April, 2004