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Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the MahayanaA Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra$
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Daniel Boucher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824828813

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824828813.001.0001

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The Role of Translation in Reconstructing the Early Mahāyāna

The Role of Translation in Reconstructing the Early Mahāyāna

(p.87) Chapter Five The Role of Translation in Reconstructing the Early Mahāyāna
Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana

Daniel Boucher

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers translation in the Indian and Chinese contexts before embarking on a demonstration of the translation process undergone for the purposes of this volume. Although translation studies per se is quite a young field, there have been centuries of reflection—and despair—over the problems of moving from one language to another. Perhaps because of this ambivalence toward translation, there have been until recently few attempts to detail the process by which this movement takes place, and the steps by which the idiom of one text with all its semantic and cultural baggage is mapped onto the target language. Given the known limitations of those involved in translating Indian Buddhist texts into Chinese in the first few centuries of the Common Era, this problem is especially concerning. Thus the chapter attempts to frame more cogently the problems in translation encountered in Dharmarakṣa's Rāṣṭrapāla.

Keywords:   translation, Indian Buddhist texts, Chinese translations, translation process, target language, translation anomalies

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