Monday, July 21, 2008

Heart Sutra - 5

Next is རྒྱལ་པོའི་ཁབ་ན་་་་ This is where one has to be careful with translations. རྒྱལ་པོ། (rgyal po) usually means great, royal, king.  ཁབ། (khab) means court, house, residence. But here it is really part a place name,་རྒྱལ་པོའི་ཁབ། (rgyal po'i khab) which is  Rajagriha, or present day Rajgir in India.

The astute reader might now notice that the Sanskrit raja is རྒྱལ་པོ།, so then you know that the word maharaja is the great king (maha - great.)

The particle ན། (na) is a locative particle, so later we will see how it binds the next word structure from right to left with this specific location.

So far we have translated that the Blessed One is at Rajagriha.

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