By Andy Rotman
Actions by no means come to naught,
even after enormous quantities of hundreds of thousands of years.
whilst the appropriate stipulations assemble and the time is right,
then they're going to have their impact on embodied beings.
old Buddhist literature is full of stories of earlier lives. The Buddha, surrounded by way of his fans, is requested the way it got here to be convinced individual has met a selected destiny. along with his omniscience, the Buddha seems to be into eons prior and uncovers the occasions that ended in the current consequence. With tales of depraved other halves, patricidal princes, and shape-shifting serpents, Divine Stories is a desirable expression of ways Buddhists have illustrated the legislations of karma—the fact that the ability of fine and in poor health deeds, as soon as created, is rarely misplaced. those are a number of the oldest Buddhist stories ever dedicated to writing, illuminating the tradition of northern India within the ultimate centuries earlier than the typical period and bringing to existence the Buddhist values of generosity and faith.
As together with his quantity 1, Andy Rotman’s translation of the second one 1/2 this assortment combines accuracy with clarity, with special editorial notes evaluating readings within the to be had Sanskrit texts. wealthy intensive and literary expression, Divine Stories is significant contribution to Indian and Buddhist studies.
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Divine Stories: Divyavadana, Part 2 (Classics of Indian Buddhism) by Andy Rotman