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RQ-50493-10Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and TranslationsTrustees of Smith CollegeAn Annotated Translation of the Divyavadana, part 2 (Stories 18-38), with a Critical Apparatus1/1/2011 - 12/31/2012$100,000.00AndrewNeilRotman   Trustees of Smith CollegeNorthamptonMA01060-2916USA2010Asian StudiesScholarly Editions and TranslationsResearch Programs100000084671.470

Completion of an annotated English translation, with introduction and critical apparatus, of the second part of the Divyavadana, an anthology of early Indian Buddhist narratives in Sanskrit. (12 months)

The aim of this project is to complete a scholarly and accessible translation of the second half of the Divyavadana, or "Divine Stories," a major anthology of Indian Buddhist narratives written in Sanskrit from the early centuries of the Common Era. The stories in the collection have left an indelible mark on Buddhist thought, practice, and art throughout Asia. They have frequently been used in the education of both monastics and laity, and are considered by many to be the word of the Buddha himself. These stories have likewise been canonical in their influence on Buddhist art. Representations of these stories can be found from Kizil in China to Borobudur in Indonesia. It is not hyperbole to say that these are some of the most influential stories in the history of Buddhism. This project will make the complete text available for the first time, in any Western language, in a rigorous and engaging translation, with an introduction and a scholarly and critical apparatus.