The Collected Works of
Louis de La Vallée Poussin
(in five volumes)
Ernst Steinkellner, David Seyfort Ruegg,
Lambert Schmithausen, KL Dhammajoti
Edited by: Gelong Lodrö Sangpo
Due to the vastness of his learning and his great erudition, Louis de La Vallée Poussin (LVP) is generally considered to be one of the greatest Western scholars of Buddhist studies in the twentieth century. This new series of his Collected Works presents not only the two summae of Buddhist scholasticism — i.e., his voluminous milestone translations (critically annotated by himself) of Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośabhāṣya and Xuanzang’s Vijñāptimātratāsiddhi, which the late Hubert Durt called “the masterwork of the northern Hīnayāna Abhidharma school” and “the best compendium of the tenets of the Yogācāra current of Mahāyāna” — but also, the Collected Works assembles together, for the first time and in one place, most of LVP’s other important writings related to Buddhist topics (see below) and makes these landmark writings of Buddhist scholarship available to a wider English speaking world.
This publication of The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin also features a general introduction to LVP and his writings by David Seyfort Ruegg as well as specific introductions to the particular volumes, etc. (see below).
Vol. I: Abhidharmakośabhāṣya of Vasubandhu (printed in four parts: 2989 pages). Translator: Gelong Lodrö Sangpo.
Part 1: Introduction by Bhikkhu KL Dhammajoti; Preface by Étienne Lamotte; Introduction by Louis de La Vallée Poussin; Remarks by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo. Translations: Chap. 1 - Exposition of the Elements (Dhātunirdeśa), and Chap. 2 - Exposition of the Faculties (Indriyanirdeśa).
Part 2: Translations: Chap. 3 - Expositions of the World (Lokanirdeśa); Chap. 4 - Exposition of Action (Karmanirdeśa), Chap. 5 - Exposition of the Proclivities (Anuśayanirdeśa).
Part 3: A Summary of the Path by LVP; Translation: Chap. 6 - Exposition of the Path and the Persons (Mārgapudgalanirdeśa); Chap. 7 - Exposition of the Cognitions (Jñānanirdeśa); Chap. 8 - Exposition of the Meditative Attainments (Samāpattinirdeśa).
Part 4: Translation: Chap. 9 - Treatise of the Refutation of the Person (Pudgalapratiṣedhaprakaraṇa). Bibliography. Indices.
Published in 2012; ISBN: 978-81-208-3607-5; 5000 (Set of four parts).
Vol. II: Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi of Xuanzang (to be printed in two parts). Translators: Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and Gelongma Migme Chödrön, with the assistance of Alexander Mayer.
Part 1: General Introduction to The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin by David Seyfort Ruegg; Bibliographical Note on Louis de La Vallée Poussin by Étienne Lamotte; Introduction to the Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi by Bhikkhu KL Dhammajoti; Remarks by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and Alexander Mayer. Translations: Chap. 1-7.
Part 2: Translations: Chap. 8-15. Appendix (by LVP). Bibliography. Indices.
(Forthcoming in 2014)
Vol. III: Studies on Abhidharma, Yogācāra, and Madhyamaka. Translators: Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and Gelongma Migme Chödrön; Preface by D.S. Ruegg.
Section 1: Abhidharma: Subsection 1: The truths and dependent origination; Subsection 2: The path, nirvāṇa and the body of the Buddha; Subsection 3: Time and existence, and other Abhidharma writings; Subsection 4: Other Abhidharma related writings; Section 2: Yogācāra; Section 3: Madhyamaka; Section 4: Non-Buddhist texts on Buddhism. Bibliography. Indices.
(Forthcoming in 2015)
Vol. IV: Tantra – Vinaya – Hastings Articles – Buddhist Notes. Translators: Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and Gelongma Migme Chödrön; Preface by D.S. Ruegg.
Section 1: Tantra; Section 2: Vinaya; Section 3: The thirty-six Hastings articles (1908–1921); Section 4: The nineteen Notes Bouddhiques (BCL; 1922–30). Bibliography. Indices.
(Forthcoming in 2016)
Vol. V: Miscellaneous Writings. Translators: Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and Gelongma Migme Chödrön; Preface by D.S. Ruegg.
Section 1: Various book publications; Section 2: Miscellaneous notes and articles.
(Forthcoming in 2017)