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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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Mistranslation and Missed Translation

Mistranslation and Missed Translation

(p.101) Chapter Six Mistranslation and Missed Translation
Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana

Daniel Boucher

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers the Rāṣṭrapāla's earliest Chinese translation, the third-century rendering by Dharmarakṣa, particularly for what it can reveal about the history of this text over time. In doing so the chapter can tentatively place developments within at least one textual tradition in a time frame more circumscribed than is usually possible with the Indian sources. In addition, the chapter seeks to explicate some of the difficulties that the third-century translators encountered, since it is the translation anomalies that promise to shed the most light on the nature of the earliest source text known to us. In doing so, this chapter also calls into question the many attempts to locate the Mahāyāna and its textual witnesses on the basis of linguistic data alone.

Keywords:   Chinese translation, third-century translators, textual traditions, translation anomalies, textual witnesses, linguistic data

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