Once A Peacock, Once An Actress: Twenty-four Lives Of The Bodhisattva From Haribhatta's Jatakamala by HaribhattaOnce A Peacock, Once An Actress: Twenty-four Lives Of The Bodhisattva From Haribhatta's Jatakamala by Haribhatta

Once A Peacock, Once An Actress: Twenty-four Lives Of The Bodhisattva From Haribhatta's Jatakamala

byHaribhattaTranslated byPeter Khoroche

Paperback | August 30, 2017

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Written in Kashmir around 400 CE, Haribhatta’s Jåtakamåla is a remarkable example of classical Sanskrit literature in a mixture of prose and verse that for centuries was known only in its Tibetan translation. But between 1973 and 2004 a large portion of the Sanskrit original was rediscovered in a number of anonymous manuscripts. With this volume Peter Khoroche offers the most complete translation to date, making almost 80 percent of the work available in English.
 
Haribhatta’s Jåtakamålå is a sophisticated and personal adaptation of popular stories, mostly non-Buddhist in origin, all illustrating the future Buddha’s single-minded devotion to the good of all creatures, and his desire, no matter what his incarnation—man, woman, peacock, elephant, merchant, or king—to assist others on the path to nirvana. Haribhatta’s insight into human and animal behavior, his astonishing eye for the details of landscape, and his fine descriptive powers together make this a unique record of everyday life in ancient India as well as a powerful statement of Buddhist ethics. This translation will be a landmark in the study of Buddhism and of the culture of ancient India.
 
Peter Khoroche is an independent scholar and translator as well as the author of monographs on the British artists Ivon Hitchens and Ben Nicholson. He lives in Suffolk.   
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Title:Once A Peacock, Once An Actress: Twenty-four Lives Of The Bodhisattva From Haribhatta's JatakamalaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 30, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022648596X

ISBN - 13:9780226485966

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“The scholarship in this volume is impeccable. Peter Khoroche is a remarkably sensitive reader of Sanskrit, as one sees clearly from the fluent style he has chosen for this translation. The text itself is of major importance within the world of classical Buddhist literature and Buddhist art, and the stories that appear here are full of surprises even for scholars well versed in the Buddhist tradition. Khoroche has performed a great service in making a large selection from the Haribha??a text available to a wider audience.”