Retrieving the hidden meaning: Jain commentarial techniques and the art of memory. Jyväsjärvi, M. Journal of Indian Philosophy, 38(2):133–162, 2010.
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One of the peculiar characteristics of the vast body of Jain commentarial literature is the primacy given to artha, meaning, over su¯tra, the root text itself. It is the task of the commentator—or, in a pedagogical context, the teacher—to retrieve and explain a text's true, hidden meaning, which often appears to stretch and even contradict its apparent meaning. This article examines the interpretive processes in one of the most important Jain commentaries on monastic discipline, the Br: hat- kalpabha¯s: ya attributed to the sixth-century CE S´veta¯mbara Jain exegete Sa_ngha- da¯sa. An examination of passages where the commentator claims to uncover the real—but sometimes less-than-apparent—meaning of monastic rules enables us to detect the interpretive moves involved and the underlying assumptions about the nature of text and the work of commentary. I argue that this commentarial tradition presupposes particular practices of memory, and a degree of internalizing the traditional hermeneutical methods, on the part of a monastic practitioner who wants to understand the text correctly and live according to its true meaning.
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abstract = {One of the peculiar characteristics of the vast body of Jain commentarial literature is the primacy given to artha, meaning, over su¯tra, the root text itself. It is the task of the commentator—or, in a pedagogical context, the teacher—to retrieve and explain a text's true, hidden meaning, which often appears to stretch and even contradict its apparent meaning. This article examines the interpretive processes in one of the most important Jain commentaries on monastic discipline, the Br: hat- kalpabha¯s: ya attributed to the sixth-century CE S´veta¯mbara Jain exegete Sa{\_}ngha- da¯sa. An examination of passages where the commentator claims to uncover the real—but sometimes less-than-apparent—meaning of monastic rules enables us to detect the interpretive moves involved and the underlying assumptions about the nature of text and the work of commentary. I argue that this commentarial tradition presupposes particular practices of memory, and a degree of internalizing the traditional hermeneutical methods, on the part of a monastic practitioner who wants to understand the text correctly and live according to its true meaning.},
author = {Jyv{\"{a}}sj{\"{a}}rvi, Mari},
doi = {10.1007/s10781-010-9086-8},
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issn = {0022-1791},
journal = {Journal of Indian Philosophy},
number = {2},
pages = {133--162},
title = {{Retrieving the hidden meaning: Jain commentarial techniques and the art of memory}},
url = {http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10781-010-9086-8},
volume = {38},
year = {2010}
}
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