An Annotated English and Italian Translation of Select Chapters of the Pali Sārasaṅgaha


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations


Buddhist Studies


My proposal consists of translating into Italian and English eight chapters of the Pali Sārasaṅgaha, The Collection of the Essence [of the Teaching]. This important 13th/14th century Singhalese text is a compilation of canonical and para-canonical passages dealing with many different topics analysed from a Theravāda Buddhist point of view, that was probably produced for monastic education. It thus represents a precious source of information about the texts and topics that were considered significant in medieval Ceylon and therefore is important for understanding the history of Theravāda Buddhism. The resulting work will be submitted for publication to the Pali Text Society and the Rivista degli Studi Orientali, making it available to scholars and to people interested in Buddhism.