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Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Immeasurable Words

Maria Heim


Voice of the Buddha is a study of the intellectual practices and theories of scripture developed by the fifth-century thinker Buddhaghosa, the principal commentator, editor, and translator of the Theravada Buddhist intellectual tradition. Buddhaghosa considered the Buddha to be omniscient and his words “oceanic”: every word, passage, book, and the corpus as a whole are taken to be “endless and immeasurable.” Commentarial practice then requires disciplined methods of expansion, drawing out the endless possibilities for meaning and application. This book considers Buddhaghosa’s explicit theories ... More

Keywords: Buddhaghosa, Pali, commentary, Theravada, hermeneutics, scripture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190906658
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190906658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Heim, author
Professor of Religion and Elizabeth W. Bruss Reader, Amherst College