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Coping with Too Many Variants: A New Type of Edition of the Scripture of the Pure Divinities’ Netted [Banners] (Fanwang jing)
Author Funayama, Toru
Source International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture=국제불교문화사상사학회
Volumev.27 n.2
Pages125 - 147
PublisherInternational Association for Buddhist Thought and Culture
Publisher Url
LocationSeoul, Korea [首爾, 韓國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteFUNAYAMA Toru, born in 1961, is currently a professor of Buddhist studies at Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. His research mainly covers two different areas in the history of Buddhism.
KeywordSutra Translation; Manuscript; Fanwang jing
AbstractThe Chinese Buddhist scripture Fanwang jing (FWJ) or the Scripture of the Pure Divinities’ Netted [Banners] (T 24, no. 1484) exerted enormous influence on the formation and evolution of the idea of bodhisattva precepts in East Asian Buddhism. A careful comparison of early manuscript and woodblock editions reveals that the FWJ was reformed again and again over the centuries. A large number of variants in the FWJ are also worthy of attention. The second roll of the FWJ, seven pages long in the Taishō edition, has over 300 locations for which variant readings exist. I have attempted to make a list of earlier manuscript and woodblock editions of the FWJ; to explain the fundamental differences between the two—old and new—lineages of the text; and to present problems posed by both the Western-style “critical edition” and the “East Asian traditional edition.” As an example of the appropriate method for editing a text rich in variants, I proposed a new type of edition for the FWJ by selecting turning points in the text’s history, upon which basis I present the following data: a presumed original or earliest form with a critical apparatus #1; a manuscript version of its early succession #2; a version dating to the beginnings of later transformations #3 and #4, and the three canonical versions as representative of currently popular editions #5, #6, and #7. By presenting three samples, I explained a possible style for a new type of edition appropriate for simultaneously describing both the original form and later transformations of the FWJ. In accordance with this methodology I have published a monograph as Funayama (2017).
Table of contentsAbstract
Introduction 127
Basics of the FWJ and My Objective 128
Major Manuscript and Woodblock-Printed Editions of the FWJ 130
Sample 1 : The First Pārājika 133
Sample 2 : The Fifteenth Light Offense 135
Sample 3 : The Forty-seventh Light Offense 138
Conclusion 140
References 146
ISSN15987914 (P)
Created date2021.03.12
Modified date2021.03.12

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