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Sanskrit-Chinese lexicon: being Fan Fan Yu, the first known lexicon of its kind dated to AD 517, transcribed, reconstructed and tr. by Raghuvira and his disciple Yamamoto Chikyo,..



 

ISBN: 9788177420746

Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi

Pub. Year: 2007

Pages, ills, maps etc.,
xiii,245p., ind., 29x22cm.

RS. 2000.00 Hardcover

Note: Postage will be charged as actual.
Series: Satapitaka Series; 621
...ed. by Lokesh Chandra. The Sanskrit-Chinese Lexicon is a transcription, reconstruction and translation of the Chinese workd Fan Fan YY, compiled from sutras, vinaya, sastras and lost travel accounts. It is the earliest known thematic lexicon of Sanskrit compiled by the lost eminent Chinese monk Pao-ch`ang in Ad 517. It includes words from lost Chinese translations of Buddhist sutras. The names of Central Asian and Indian cities, monasteries and caityas quoted from the records of the travels of Chih-mong and T`ang-wu-chieh are of historic importance. They followed Fa-hsien and preceded HsYan-tsang by two centuries. Chih-mong left the Chinese capital in 404. He travelled through Central Asia to the NW and as far as Patilputra. He visited South India and Srilanka long before HsYan-tsang. He returned to China by the land route in 447, after having travelloed across India for forty years. He names his teachers. The second piligrim T`and-wu-chieh started from China in 420-22 with twenty five companions. He travelled via Central Asia across the north and South of India to Srilanka. He too names his teachers. He went to Srivijaya and returned to China by sea. The names of cities, kingdoms, kings, teachers, monasteries and stupas in this Lexicon are important material for the study of ancient Indian hisotry and the evolution of Buddhism. As early as 1905, Prof. Sylvain Levi had pointed out the importance of this Lexicon in the BEFEO. The present translation of this Lexicon will provide valuable materials for the study of Buddhism in Central Asia, India, Srilanka, Indonesia and China. Scholars will be able to take up the analysis of this Lexicon as a source for the history and geography of the aforesaid countries of Asia. Prof. Lokesh Chandra has edited this book from three drafts and notes by his father the late Prof. Raghuvira and Prof. Yamamoto Chikyo. This posthumous work is a tribute to the academic contributions of Prof. Raghuvira and his Japanese disciple Dr. Yamamoto. Areas of interest: China, Central Asia, India, Srilanka, Indonesia, Buddhism, monasteries, Buddhist masters, geography and history of these countries.
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