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Professor Richard G. Salomon Awarded the 2020 Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Buddhist Translation

Submitted by Elizabeth F Self on May 29, 2020 - 11:55am
Cover for Professor Salomon’s "Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations"
Cover for Professor Salomon’s "Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations"

Richard G. Salomon, William P. and Ruth Gerberding University Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies, was recently awarded the 2020 Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Buddhist Translation for his book, The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations (Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2018). It also won the Prix de la Fondation Collette Caillat Prize in 2019.

This prize is awarded annually for excellence in translation works that make the Buddhist heritage accessible to a broader public. The Khyentse Foundation's founder and Chairman Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, along with Professor Peter Skilling, initiated the concept of the Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding translation in 2010. Professor Salomon's book is the 7th to win this award. 

The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra is a distillation of the results of more than twenty years of study of the world’s oldest surviving Buddhist manuscripts by Professor Salomon and his collaborators in the University of Washington Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project. The book presents the manuscripts and the discoveries that they have opened up to a more general audience. The intention of the book is thus to “mainstream” the newly recovered literature of Buddhist Gandhāra by making it accessible to non-specialist readers.

See more about the book here.

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