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Chinese Buddhist gathas are written in unrhymed blank verse with four, five, or seven characters to a line. With few exceptions, each line of English in Robinson's translation corresponds to a single line of the Chinese. Being collective literature, gathas are concerned more with affirming a group's doctrine than with individual expression. All but the first three poems are Mahayana; that is, they deal with the course of the bodhisattva, the enlightenment being.
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Book Description John Murray, London, UK, 1950. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Light pencil price on front page. Dust jacket some browning. Published in The Wisdom of the East Series. Table of contents, editorial note, introduction, 21 English translations from Pali texts, notes, index. vii + 95 pages. 8.75 by 5.75 inches. Seller Inventory # 115230
Book Description Greenwood Press, Publishers, Westport, Connecticut, U.S.A., 1980. Hardcover. Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Reprint of the first edition by Jon Murray (Publishers) Limited, 1954, in The Wisdom of the East series. Table of contents, dedication, editorial note, acknowledgments, notes on pronunciation, introduction, invocation, 20 English translations from the Chinese, bibliography, notes, index of Chinese Texts Translated. xxiv + 85 pages. 8.75 by 5.75 inches. Seller Inventory # 115229