The Supreme Array Scripture: A New Interpretation of the Title “Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra”

@article{Osto2009TheSA,
  title={The Supreme Array Scripture: A New Interpretation of the Title “Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra”},
  author={Douglas Osto},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  year={2009},
  volume={37},
  pages={273-290}
}
  • D. Osto
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • History
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
This article argues for a new interpretation of the Sanskrit compound gaṇḍa-vyūha as it is used in the common title of the Mahāyāna text the Gaṇḍavyūha-Sūtra.The author begins by providing a brief history of the sūtra’s appellations in Chinese and Tibetan sources. Next, the meanings of gaṇḍa (the problematic member of the compound) are explored. The author proposes that contemporary scholars have overlooked a meaning of gaṇḍa occurring in some compounds, wherein gaṇḍa can mean simply “great… 
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