New Publications   3 comments

In 2012, we have two new major Abhidharmakosa publications:


Abhidharmakośa-Bhāṣya of Vasubandhu
The Treasury of the Abhidharma and its (Auto)commentary

Translated into French by Louis de La Vallée Poussin

Annotated English Translation by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo

With a New Introduction by Bhikkhu KL Dhammajoti

Four Volumes: 2898 pages
(Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass 2012)

This is available at:

(it comes to about $100)

This looks really great to me.

Various supplemental materials can be found at:



Jewels From the Treasury: Vasubandhu’s Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma and Its Commentary Youthful Play by the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (KTD Publications, 2012)

This is available at Amazon and other places too.

I have not had a chance to look at this yet.

with palms joined,


Posted October 26, 2012 by abhidharmakosa in Uncategorized

3 responses to “New Publications

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  1. Hello, I just found your blog, and I am grateful for your efforts to make this complex field more easily graspable!
    Regarding the English translation by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo, is this a translation from the French, or directly from the Sanskrit (etc.)?
    If it is a translation from de La Vallée Poussin’s French, do you find any advantage over Pruden’s similar translation? (except perhaps the price)
    I already have Pruden, but wonder if it would be a benefit to spring for the newer translation as well…

    Thank you for your help!

    Best wishes for you and all,
    Edgar Cooke, Tokyo

  2. I have not had a chance to do a close reading of the translation by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo.
    It is from the French.
    I did check on some points that I feel are problematic in the Pruden, and I think Sangpo does a better job with the passages I checked out.
    The notes seem to be more extensive in the Sangpo. It ends up being a much larger work (almost 3000 pages).
    The Sangpo also includes a substantial introduction by Dhammajoti which is a great plus.
    I am not sure if Dhammajoti was consulted on some of the difficult passages (it would be great if the Sanskrit was consulted).
    Given all this, I would recommend it over the Pruden independent of the price.
    As for obtaining this if you already own the Pruden, I think it depends on how deep you want to get into this.
    I wish you well in the Dharma!

  3. Thank you for your valuable comments. I enjoy reading Pruden’s version, comparing it with the Chinese and some commentaries in Japan, but I will definitely look for Sangpo’s version!
    Best wishes to you and all!
    Edgar Cooke

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