Text: T1558; 阿毘達磨俱舍論


Identifier T1558 [T]
Title 阿毘達磨俱舍論 [T]
Date [None]
Translator 譯 Xuanzang, 玄奘 [T]

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[T]  T = CBETA [Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association]. Taishō shinshū daizōkyō 大正新脩大藏經. Edited by Takakusu Junjirō 高楠順次郎 and Watanabe Kaigyoku 渡邊海旭. Tokyo: Taishō shinshū daizōkyō kankōkai/Daizō shuppan, 1924-1932. CBReader v 5.0, 2014.

Entry author: Michael Radich


  • Title: 阿毘達磨俱舍論
  • People: Xuanzang, 玄奘 (translator 譯)
  • Identifier: T1558


[Cox 1995]  Cox, Collett. Disputed Dharmas: Early Buddhist Theories on Existence. Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 1995. — 62, n. 36

Cox argues that in rendering Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośabhāṣya into Chinese, Xuanzang and his close disciples take broad editorial license, and significantly diverge from the received Sanskrit text in both form and content. In terms of form, Xuanzang and his disciples combine the parts of each śloka stanza, which had been interspersed with Vasubandhu’s auto-commentary in the Sanskrit text. In terms of content, Cox points to numerous explanatory sentences and references introduced by Xuanzang and his disciples, which represent their own understanding of the assumptions underlying Vasubandhu’s doctrinal arguments. Furthermore, Xuanzang frequently diverges from the syntax of the extant Sanskrit text. Cox’s arguments imply that significant portions of T1558 represent the doctrinal understanding of Xuanzang and his disciples, and not that of Vasubandhu. In this respect, T1558 stands in contrast to Paramārtha’s translation, T1559, which Cox argues is “very literal”, hewing closely to the extant Sanskrit in both form and content. Notably, Paramārtha’s Chinese translation adheres to the verse and commentary divisions of the extant Sanskrit text.

[NOTE: The preface by Jia Zeng 賈曾, regional inspector 刺史 of Jinzhou 晉州, to Yuanhui’s 圓暉 Jushe lun song shu 倶舍論頌疏 (T1823 [XLI] 813a14), a commentary on the 600 stanzas of the Abhidharmakośa, states that Xuanzang rendered the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya from a different Sanskrit original than Paramārtha. Possibly, some of the discrepancies between Paramārtha’s and Xuanzang’s renditions in terms of form and content could then be explained by differences in the Sanskrit original. --- BB]

Entry author: Billy Brewster