We are pleased to announce the open access release of The Da zhidu lun 大智度論 (*Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa) and the History of the Larger Prajñāpāramitā: Patterns of Textual Variation in Mahāyāna Sūtra Literature, the posthumous monograph by Stefano Zacchetti, published by Hamburg University Press and Projektverlag. Download the open access PDF here.
Stefano Zacchetti, edited by Michael Radich and Jonathan Silk. The Da zhidu lun 大智度論 (*Mahāprajñāpāramitopadeśa) and the History of the Larger Prajñāpāramitā: Patterns of Textual Variation in Mahāyāna Sūtra Literature. Hamburg Buddhist Studies 14. Hamburg University Press and Projektverlag, 2021. ISBN 978-3-89733-543-1, hardcover, 301 pp. Price: 25.80€.
About the book:
In his final monograph, Stefano Zacchetti analyzes the Da zhidu lun’s complex relation to a number of Larger Prajñāpāramitā texts. The evidence presented here reveals a complementary, even symbiotic relation between root text and commentary, and puts into relief processes of stabilization, consolidation, and canonization. The reader is afforded precious insights into the textual history of the Da zhidu lun, of the Larger Prajñāpāramitā literature as a whole, and of the general patterns of formation, transmission, exegesis, and recension of Mahāyāna Buddhist texts.
About the author:
Stefano Zacchetti was the Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies and a fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. His research interests included early Chinese Buddhist translations (2nd-5th centuries CE), Mahāyāna literature in Sanskrit and Chinese, the history of the Chinese Buddhist Canon, and Chinese Buddhism (particularly early Chinese Buddhist commentaries). Read Dr. Zacchetti’s memoriam: https://glorisunglobalnetwork.org/in-memoriam-stefano-zacchetti/