Dhp-a, Hinüber, Kumaarakassapa, Buddhaghosa
> I think Von Hin�ber is in error here. I read the name KumaarakassapenaHi,
> at the bottom (Dhp-a I 1) and this goes with the past participle
> 'abhiyaacito' -- requested by the Thera Kumaarakassapa.
I tried to chase down the von Hin�ber reference; was it to _A Handbook
of Pali Literature_, 1996?
There, in section 262, he calls Kumaarakassapa the 'initiator' of the
work, rather than the author or translator. That would seem to fit
"262. The initiator of the anonymous Dhp-a is the otherwise unknown
Thera Kumaarakassapa who intended to make the commentary known beyond
the Island by a tranlsation from Sinhalese (Dhp-a I2 1,11-13)"
About Buddhaghosa's traditional authorship, is one reason people are
reluctant to believe it simply that the explanatory portions of the Dhp-
a (as opposed to the narratives) are of very low quality (not
consistent with the work of the author of the Visuddhimagga etc)?
> The CPD Epilegomena assigns Buddhaghosa as the author.->
> Best wishes,
> << Dear Yong Peng,
> It appears to be a case of tradition vs. the academics.
> In "Pali Literature and Language" Geiger states,(p.32)
> "According to the introductory verses, which are however
> quite stereotyped, it is the Paali translation of an
> original Singhalese A.t.thakathaa. In my opinion it is
> quite improbable that Buddhaghosa himself was the author
> of this commentary."
> Geiger's only explanation is a footnote: Gnvs., p. 59, 88
> (both numbers have 27 as a superscript)
> I'm not certain but I believe this refers to the Gandhava.msa,
> JPTS. 1886, p.54 ff.
> When Von Hin�ber attributes the work to Thera Kumaarakassapa
> his reference is to: (Dhp-a I2 1,11*-13*)
> I believe this is a reference to H.C Norman's edition of the
> Commentary, (1909).
> Does anyone know what the Epilegomena of the CPD says?
> The Best to You,
> --- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, "Ong Yong Peng" <ypong001@y...> wrote:
> > Dear Paul, Dimitry and friends,
> > I do not have any references to provide, but in the preface to his
> > book, Daw Mya Tin attributes the commentary to Buddhaghosa.
> > http://www.tipitaka.net/tipitaka/dhp/
> > You are referring to Hin�ber's which is later (I believe) than
> > Geiger's. Both may have their arguments based on the studies and
> > research they conducted. Whoever the commentator is, I am sure we
> > referring to the same Dhammapada Commentary.
> > metta,
> > Yong Peng
> > --- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, paulocuana wrote:
> > > Dear Dimitry,
> > >
> > > Thank you. I don't wish to argue. Just to be sure what
> > > Pali work you and Yong Peng are recommending is enough.
> > >
> > > Peace,
> > > Paul O Cuana
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