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Title:Pali Language and Literature A Systematic Survey and Historical Study (2 Volumes Set)
Author:Kanai Lal Hazra
Publisher:D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.
Size:160 x 250 mm
In Pali is preserved the Buddhist canon. Which, considered as the most authentic form of Buddhavacana, constitutes the very matrix of its 2500-year long Theravada tradition? A Refined widely spoken language of the early Middle Indic stage: about BC 600-200, Pali has also left, for posterity, a splendid legacy of secular literature that captures contemporary socio-cultural milieus not only of India, but of Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the neighbouring countries as well.
Here is, in two volumes a fascinating well knit study of the Pali language, and also of its literature: both canonical and non-canonical. Beginning with a systematic description of the language, its historical evolution, phonology and major grammatical categories,
Volume 1 takes an indepth, critical look at the canonical Pali texts- all the three Pitakas the three baskets the Vinaya, Sutta and Abhidhamma, which among other things, embody Sakyamuni's own universal message, the writings of his immediate monastic followers the basic principles of sila the disciplinary codes for the sangha and above all the Theravada philosophy in its truly pristine frame.
Volume 2 surveys nearly the whole variety f on-canonical Pali Literature covering creative writing s, manuals and as many as 25 chronicles: from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Thailand besides numerous commentaries of the old world scholars, like Buddha datta, Buddhaghosa, and Dhammapala. In focus here are also a range of treatises on law, grammar, lexicography, and poetics including rhetoics and metrics.
A painstakingly documented work with a comprehensive index, involving years of Dr. Hazra's Research effort, this book is invaluable to the scholars/ Researchers of Buddhist studies, specially of Theravada Buddhism, Pali language and Paliliterature.