By K. R. Norman
This quantity comprises somewhat revised types of the lectures given by means of Professor Norman as Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai traveling Professor on the institution of Oriental and African reviews from January to March 1994. The lectures are designed for readers with little
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37 I may note in passing that Rhys Davids’ translation of the title is all the more strange because the preceding sutta in the Dīghanikāya is the Mahānidānasuttanta, which he correctly translates as “The great discourse on causation”. Those who mistranslate in such a way are in good company, because there is another blatant, if I may be permitted to use the word, mistranslation of a text title of exactly the same type, namely that adopted for the Mahāprajñāpāramitāsūtra, which that great Belgian scholar Étienne Lamotte translated as “Le traité de la grande vertu de sagesse” instead of “Le grand traité de la vertu de sagesse”.
18 We find echoes of statements in the Buddha’s sermons, and it would therefore seem likely that any technical terminology he employed which has parallels in the would be heard by those who were already conversant, if only to a usage. It is, for example, clear from the way in limited extent, with the which the Buddha was able to assume that his hearers understood such concepts as nicca “permanent”, anicca “impermanent”, sukha “happiness”, and dukkha “misery”,19 that they had already heard teachers speaking about such things.
I said at the beginning of this lecture that the origins of Buddhism lie in the political, economic, social and religious environment of the time. What time? I do not wish to say much about the date of the Buddha, but I must say something about it, because it has some bearing upon what I have been discussing. There are various ways of calculating the date of the Buddha’s death, and the one which is perhaps most commonly accepted in the West is c. E. This depends upon a statement found in the Pāli chronicles that the Emperor Aśoka was consecrated 218 years after the death of the Buddha.
A philological approach to Buddhism : the Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai lectures 1994 by K. R. Norman