9780814762165

Life of the Buddha

  • ISBN 13:

    9780814762165

  • ISBN 10:

    0814762166

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 05/01/2008
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Summary

The Buddhist monk Ashvaghosha composedLife of the Buddhain the first or second century CE probably in Ayodhya. This is the earliest surviving text of the Sanskrit literary genre called kavya and probably provided models for Kalidasa's more famous works. The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are when the young prince Siddhartha, the future Buddha, is confronted by the reality of sickness, old age, and death, while seduced by the charms of the women employed to keep him at home. A poet of the highest order, Ashvaghosha's aim is not entertainment but instruction, presenting the Buddha's teaching as the culmination of the Brahmanical tradition. His wonderful descriptions of the bodies of courtesans are ultimately meant to show the transience of beauty.Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC FoundationFor more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit http://www.claysanskritlibrary.org

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