Sacred Books of the East
VARIOUS ORIENTAL SCHOLARS
AND EDITED BY
F. MAX MULLER
⁂ This Series is published with the sanction and co-operation of the Secretary of State for India in Council.
REPORT presented to the ACADÉMIE DES INSCRIPTIONS, May 11, 1883, by M. ERNEST RENAN.
'M. Renan présente trois nouveaux volumes de la grande collection des "Livres sacrés de l'Orient" (Sacred Books of the East), que dirige à Oxford, avec une si vaste érudition et une critique si sûre, le savant associé de l'Académie des Inscriptions, M. Max Müller. . . . La première série de ce beau recueil, composée de 24 volumes, est presque achevée. M. Max Müller se propose d'en publier une seconde, dont l'intérêt historique et religieux ne sera pas moindre. M. Max Müller a su se procurer la collaboration des savans les plus éminens d'Europe et d'Asie. L'Université d'Oxford, que cette grande publication honore an plus haut degré, doit tenir à continuer dans les plus larges proportions une œuvre aussi philosophiquement conçue que savamment exécutée.'
EXTRACT from the QUARTERLY REVIEW.
'We rejoice to notice that a second series of these translations has been announced and has actually begun to appear. The stones, at least, out of which a stately edifice may hereafter arise, are here being brought together. Prof. Max Müller has deserved well of scientific history. Not a few minds owe to his enticing words their first attraction to this branch of study. But no work of his, not even the great edition of the Rig-Veda, can compare in importance or in usefulness with this English translation of the Sacred Books of the East, which has been devised by his foresight, successfully brought so far by his persuasive and organising power, and will, we trust, by the assistance of the distinguished scholars he has gathered round him, be carried in due time to a happy completion.'
Professor E. HARDY, Inaugural Lecture in the University of Freiburg, 1887.
'Die allgemeine vergleichende Religionswissenschaft datirt von jenem grossartigen, in seiner Art einzig dastehenden Unternehmen, zu welchem auf Anregung Max Müllers im Jahre 1874 auf dem internationalen Orientalistencongress in London der Grundstein gelegt worden war, die Übersetzung der heiligen Bücher des Ostens' (the Sacred Books of the East).
The Hon. ALBERT S. G. CANNING, 'Words on Existing Religions.'
'The recent publication of the "Sacred Works of the East" in English is surely a great event in the annals of theological literature.'
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Translated by F. Max Müller. Part I. The Khândogya-upanishad, The Talavakâra-upanishad, The Aitareya-âranyaka, The Kaushîtaki-brâhmana-upanishad, and The Vâganeyi-samhitâ-upanishad. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
The Upanishads contain the philosophy of the Veda. They have become the foundation of the later Vedânta doctrines, and indirectly of Buddhism. Schopenhauer, speaking of the Upanishads, says: 'In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life, it will be the solace of my death.'
[See also Vol. XV.]
As taught in the Schools of Âpastamba, Gautama, Vâsishtha, and Baudhâyana. Translated by Georg Bühler. Part I. Âpastamba and Gautama. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
The Sacred Laws of the Âryas contain the original treatises on which the Laws of Manu and other lawgivers were founded.
[See also Vol. XIV.]
The Texts of Confucianism. Translated by James Legge. Part I. The Shû King, The Religious Portions of the Shih King, and The Hsiâo King. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
Confucius was a collector of ancient traditions, not the founder of a new religion. As he lived in the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. his works are of unique interest for the study of Ethology.
[See also Vols. XVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXXIX, and XL.]
Translated by James Darmesteter. Part I. The Vendîdâd. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
[See also Vols. XXIII and XXXI.]
Translated by E. W. West. Part I. The Bundahis, Bahman Yast, and Shâyast lâ-shâyast. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
The Pahlavi Texts comprise the theological literature of the revival of Zoroaster's religion, beginning with the Sassanian dynasty. They are important for a study of Gnosticism.
Parts I and II. Translated by E. H. Palmer. 8vo, cloth, 21s.
This translation, carried out according to his own peculiar views of the origin of the Qur'ân, was the last great work of E. H. Palmer, before he was murdered in Egypt.
Translated by Julius Jolly. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
A collection of legal aphorisms, closely connected with one of the oldest Vedic schools, the KaMas, but considerably added to in later time. Of importance for a critical study of the Laws of Manu.
Translated by Kâshinâth Trimbak Telang. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
The earliest philosophical and religious poem of India. It has been paraphrased in Arnold's 'Song Celestial.'
Translated from Pâli by F. Max Müller; and
Translated from Pâli by V. Fausböll; being Canonical Books of the Buddhists. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
The Dhammapada contains the quintessence of Buddhist morality. The Sutta-Nipâta gives the authentic teaching of Buddha on some of the fundamental principles of religion.
Translated from Pâli by T. W. Rhys Davids, 1. The Mahâ-parinibbâna Suttanta; 2. The Dhamma-kakka-ppavattana Sutta. 3. The Tevigga Suttanta; 4. The Âkaṅkheyya Sutta; 5. The Ketokhila Sutta; 6. The Mahâ-sudassana Suttanta; 7. The Sabbâsava Sutta. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
A collection of the most important religious, moral, and philosophical discourses taken from the sacred canon of the Buddhists.
Translated by Julius Eggeling. Part I. Books I and II. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
A minute account of the sacrificial ceremonies of the Vedic age. It contains the earliest account of the Deluge in India.
[See also Vols. XXVI, XLI.]
Translated from the Pâli by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg. Part I. The Pâtimokkha. The Mahâvagga, I–IV. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
The Vinaya Texts give for the first time a translation of the moral code of the Buddhist religion as settled in the third century B. C.
[See also Vols. XVII and XX.]
As taught in the Schools of Âpastamba, Gautama, Vâsishtha, and Baudhâyana. Translated by Georg Bühler. Part II. Vâsishtha and Baudhâyana, 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
Translated by F. Max Müller. Part II. The Katha-upanishad, The Mundaka-upanishad, The Taittirîyaka-upanishad, The Brihadâranyaka-upanishad, The Svetâsvatara-upanishad, The Prasña-upanishad, and The Maitrâyana-brâhmana-upanishad. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
The Texts of Confucianism. Translated by James Legge. Part II. The Yî King. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
[See also Vols. XXVII, XXVIII.]
Translated from the Pâli by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg. Part II. The Mahâvagga, V–X. The Kullavagga, I–III. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
Translated by E. W. West. Part II. The Dâdistân-î Dînîk and The Epistles of Mânûskîhar. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
A Life of Buddha by Asvaghosha Bodhisattva, translated from Sanskrit into Chinese by Dharmaraksha, a.d. 420, and from Chinese into English by Samuel Beal. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
This life of Buddha was translated from Sanskrit into Chinese, A.D. 420. It contains many legends, some of which show a certain similarity to the Evangelium infantiae, &c.
Translated from the Pâli by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg. Part III. The Kullavagga, IV–XII. 8vo, cloth, 10s, 6d.
Translated by H. Kern. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
'The Lotus of the true Law,' a canonical book of the Northern Buddhists, translated from Sanskrit. There is a Chinese translation of this book which was finished as early as the year 286 A.D.
Translated from Prâkrit by Hermann Jacobi. Part I. The Âkârâṅga-Sûtra and The Kalpa-Sûtra. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
The religion of the Gainas was founded by a contemporary of Buddha. It still counts numerous adherents in India, while there are no Buddhists left in India proper.
Part II, in preparation.
Translated by James Darmesteter. Part II. The Sîrôzahs, Yasts, and Nyâyis. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
Translated by E. W. West. Part III. Dînâ-î Maînôg-Khirad, Sikand-gûmânîk Vigâr, and Sad Dar. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
Translated by Georg Buhler. 8vo, cloth, 21s.
This translation is founded on that of Sir William Jones, which has been carefully revised and corrected with the help of seven native Commentaries. An Appendix contains all the quotations from Manu which are found in the Hindu Law-books, translated for the use of the Law Courts in India. Another Appendix gives a synopsis of parallel passages from the six Dharma-sûtras, the other Smritis, the Upanishads, the Mahâbharata, &c.
Translated by Julius Eggeling. Part II. Books III and IV, 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
The Texts of Confucianism. Translated by James Legge. Parts III and IV. The Lî Kî, or Collection of Treatises on the Rules of Propriety, or Ceremonial Usages. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d. each.
Part I. Sâṅkhâyana, Âsvalâyana, Pâraskara, Khâdira. Translated by Hermann Oldenberg. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
These rules of Domestic Ceremonies describe the home life of the ancient Âryas with a completeness and accuracy unmatched in any other literature. Some of these rules have been incorporated in the ancient Law-books.
Part II. Gobhila, Hiranyakesin, Âpastamba. Translated by Hermann Oldenberg. Âpastamba, Yagña-paribhâshâ-sûtras. Translated by F. Max Müller. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
Part III. The Yasna, Visparad, Âfrînagân, Gâths, and Miscellaneous Fragments. Translated by L. H. Mills. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
Translated by F. Max Müller. Part I. 8vo, cloth, 18s. 6d.
Translated by Julius Jolly. Part I. Narada, Brihaspati. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
Translated by G. Thibaut. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
Translated from the Pâli by T. W. Rhys Davids. 8vo, cloth, 10s. 6d.
[In the Press.]
Part I. Translated by E. W. West. 8vo, cloth, 15s.
Vol. XXXVIII. The Vedânta-Sûtras. Part II. [In the Press.]
The Texts of Tâoism. Translated by James Legge. 8vo, cloth, 21s.
Translated by Julius Eggeling. 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d.
Translated by M. Bloomfield. [In preparation.]
Parts IV and V. [In preparation.]
Vol. XLV. The Gaina-Sûtras. Part II. [In the Press.]
Vol. XLVIII. Vedic Hymns. Part II. [In preparation.]
karita, translated by E. B. Cowell. Sukhâvatî-vyûha,Vagrakkhe-dikâ, &c, translated by F. Max Müller. Amitâyur-Dhyâna-Sûtra, translated by J. Takakusu. [Now ready.]
Buddhist Texts from Japan. I. Vagrakkhedikâ; The Diamond-Cutter.
Edited by F. Max Müller, M.A. Small 4to, 3s. 6d.
One of the most famous metaphysical treatises of the Mahâyâna Buddhists.
Buddhist Texts from Japan. II. Sukhâvatl-Vyûha: Description of Sukhâvatî, the Land of Bliss.
Edited by F. Max Müller, M.A., and Bunyiu Nanjio. With two Appendices: (1) Text and Translation of Saṅghavarman's Chinese Version of the Poetical Portions of the Sukhâvatî-Vyûha; (2) Sanskrit Text of the Smaller Sukhâvatî-Vyûha. Small 4to, 7s. 6d.
The editio princeps of the Sacred Book of one of the largest and most influential sects of Buddhism, numbering more than ten millions of followers in Japan alone.
Buddhist Texts from Japan. III. The Ancient Palm-Leaves containing the Pragñâ-Pâramitâ-Hridaya-Sûtra and the Ushnîsha-Vigaya-Dhâranî.
Edited by F. Max Müller, M.A., and Bunyiu Nanjio, M.A. With an Appendix by G. Bühler, C.I.E. With many Plates. Small 4to, 10s.
Contains facsimiles of the oldest Sanskrit MS. at present known.
Dharma-Samgraha, an Ancient Collection of Buddhist Technical Terms.
Prepared for publication by Kenjiu Kasawara, a Buddhist Priest from Japan, and, after his death, edited by F. Max Müller and H. Wenzel. Small 4to, 7s. 6d.
Kâtyâyana's Sarvânukramanî of the Rigveda.
With Extracts from Shadgurusishya's Commentary entitled Vedârthadîpikâ. Edited by A. A. Macdonell, M.A., Ph.D. 16s.
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