By K. R. Norman
This quantity comprises somewhat revised models of the lectures given through Professor Norman as Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai vacationing Professor on the university of Oriental and African reports from January to March 1994. The lectures are designed for readers with little
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When I come back with the retort, “Yes, I know it is in the PED, but it is wrong, and we are going to change it in the revised edition”, they are still very reluctant to believe that anything which has appeared in print can be incorrect. I do not know what sort of persons they think the editors of the first edition were, but they have certainly imparted some sort of infallibility to them. It is quite clear that they have never read the comments about Rhys Davids in the Afterword to the Dictionary, which William Stede wrote when the final 39 It is being prepared by Dr Margaret Cone, Assistant Director of Research in Pāli Lexicography, in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge.
Not so with the devas. 15 There are references to an individual being reborn as Sakka a number of times. 16 The 10 For the cty see Brough, 1962, 202 and Pj II 13, 1 foll. 11 See Collins, 1982, 46–47. 12 Norman, 1977, 329. 13 Sakka’s lifespan is said to be ca vassasatasahassāni tisso ca (Ja II 312, 19–20). 14 Sakko hi indo aparimutto jātiyā jarāya sokehi…aparimutto dukkhasmā ti vadāmi (A I 144, 24–26). 15 Sakko…cavi, añño Sakko nibbatti, so pi kāretvā āyukkhayena cavi. eten’ upāyena Sakkā (Ja II 312, 19–22).
If we look at the commentators we find that they knew this very well. They point out that the compound can have a number of meanings. e. 35 This last possibility, however, they put at the bottom of the list of possibilities, if they mention it at all. My own feeling is that it is very likely that “the truth of the noble one (the Buddha)” is the correct translation, although we must never lose sight of the fact that in Indian literature multiple meanings are very often intended, so that it is not always possible to say that there is a single correct meaning.
A philological approach to Buddhism : the Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai lectures 1994 by K. R. Norman