Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations / Edition 1

Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations / Edition 1

by Reginald A. Ray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195134834

ISBN-13: 9780195134834

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The issue of saints is a difficult and complicated problem in Buddhology. In this magisterial work, Ray offers the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, Ray seeks to identify the "classical type" of the Buddhist saint, as it provides the

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The issue of saints is a difficult and complicated problem in Buddhology. In this magisterial work, Ray offers the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, Ray seeks to identify the "classical type" of the Buddhist saint, as it provides the presupposition for, and informs, the different major Buddhist saintly types and subtypes. Discussing the nature, dynamics, and history of Buddhist hagiography, he surveys the ascetic codes, conventions and traditions of Buddhist saints, and the cults both of living saints and of those who have "passed beyond." Ray traces the role of the saints in Indian Buddhist history, examining the beginnings of Buddhism and the origin of Mahayana Buddhism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134834
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

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