Category Archives: Translation

Hanging out with solitary buddhas

Last autumn I declared it the year of the paccekabuddha (or, in Sanskrit, pratyekabuddha). I have been intrigued by these figures, who are awakened beings from times between Buddhisms, for several years, and wanted to give them some proper attention. … Continue reading

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“Translating Buddhism” conference

My head is still whirring from last week’s conference on “Translating Buddhism” at York St John University. The conference was wonderfully stimulating, as well as warm and collegial, and I left with plenty of new ideas and reflections, as well … Continue reading

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Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero

Early this year I received a copy of Peter Whittlesey and Baythong Sayouvin Wittlesey’s new book Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero, which they self-published late in 2015 after years of hard work. At its heart is an English retelling … Continue reading

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The fourth decade of the Avadānaśataka

I am pleased to announce the publication of my translation of stories 31-40 of the Avadānaśataka, in the journal Asian Literature and Translation. I published stories 11-20 last year in the same journal. This now means that all of the … Continue reading

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Translating the Jatakas

This week I have been working through the copy-editor’s queries on my translations of Jatakas from the Mahanipata. Sarah Shaw and I will be publishing our translation of these ten wonderful stories, understood to tell the final ten lives of … Continue reading

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The Buddha’s thoughts on the benefits of housework

I am back working on the Avadānaśataka and have been smiling at the frame story for number 38. The scene is as follows: Anāthapiṇḍada, we are told, usually sweeps the Jeta Grove, but one day he is distracted and does … Continue reading

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New blog site about Sinxay

Ever heard of Rāma and Sītā? Of course! And Arjuna and his friend Kṛṣṇa? Absolutely! What about Sinxay? If the answer is no then I can recommend this new website that is aimed at raising the profile of the Laotian … Continue reading

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