HURVITZ, Leon

HURVITZ, Leon Nahum. Cambridge, MA 4.8.1923 — Vancouver 28.9.1992. U.S. Sinologist and Buddhist Scholar. Son of Benjamin H. and Rose Marcus, educated in Boston. Studies of Classics at Chicago, then war service in U.S. Army. After the WW II worked as interpreter in Japan, also studies there. Ph.D. 1959 Columbia University. After a while as Assistant Professor at University of Washington in Seattle, from 1971 Professor at University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Retired 1988. Married 1958 Reiko Kobayashi, two sons and one daughter.

Publications: “The Road to Buddhist Salvation as described by Vasubandhu”, JAOS 87, 1967, 434-486 (Chinese text and translation); “The Eight Deliverances”, Bh. J. Kashyap Mem. Vol. Delhi 1979, 121-169; “Two Polyglot Recensions of the Heart Scripture”, JIPh 3:1-2, 1975, 17-66.

Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma (the Lotus Sūtra). Translated from the Chinese of Kumārajīva. 298+421 p. Records of Civilization, sources and studies 94. N.Y. 1982.

Other works on Chinese Buddhism, articles and reviews.

Sources: Stray notes in Internet mainly on his publications; in memoriam in asia.ubc.ca.

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