A Philological Approach to Buddhism
For those who seek to follow the early teachings of the Buddha in the earliest of the suttas and those who follow the modern commentary of John Peacock and Stephen Batchelor, it is only fitting to research their shared resource, K. R. Norman. Mr. Norman, a former foremost distinguished professor of Middle Indo-Aryan or Prakrit at Cambridge, authors a most scholarly approach and commentary to the translation of the early Pali texts. With this as a starting point it becomes more apparent when later revisions or commentary by subsequent writers are added to the cannon. It is not particularly easy reading nor bed time reading; however, it is most important in understanding the later development of the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Buddhagosa in The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga) and the Mahayana tradition of Nagajuna and Bodhidharma.