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The Universe of Buddhist Canons

December 11, 2021 at 7:00 am - 8:00 am UTC+0

The Universe of Buddhist Canons

by Prof. Peter Skilling (Bhadra Rujirathat), Chulalongkorn University

Buddhism has a multiplicity of canons. There is no agreement on the definition or range of the term ‘Buddhist canon’ or ‘Buddhist canons’—to the point that we may speak of a “loose canonicity.” Buddhist scriptures are an endless universe (ananta-cakkavāḷa). Out of the galaxy of Buddhist canons, I will focus on Indic or South Asian canons and give a few close-ups of the grand tapestry of the Buddha’s words. There are many canons and many fascinating points to consider, including textual transmission, canonization, canon formation, orality and the movement from orality to writing, hermeneutics (embedded and secondary/external), classical and vernacular canonicities, intertextualities, translation and the role of translation, and so on. In the short talk I can only touch on a few of them.


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by Professor Peter Skilling

The Goodman Lectures

A series of online lectures by leading Buddhist studies scholars

The Goodman Lectures are organized in honor of long-time Khyentse Foundation friend and advisor Professor Steven D. Goodman (1945–2020), whose enduring vision to make academic talks available to people beyond the classroom inspired KF and our friends in academia to share their knowledge and insight with a more general audience.


December 11, 2021
7:00 am - 8:00 am UTC+0
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