Buddhist Scriptures as Literature: Sacred Rhetoric and the Uses of Theory

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Looks at a variety of Buddhist sacred writings as literature and includes insights from literary theory.
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...a fascinating look at Buddhist literature in general ... [Flores] explores the drama, lyricism and storylines in Buddhist sacred literature while illustrating how rhetoric and ideology are at work in shaping the reader's reactions ... an interesting and thought-provoking book.— Journal of the Buddhist Society

"This book brings Buddhist texts up to the level of literature, as cultural texts worth reading for their own rhetorical qualities beyond their religious message."— Francisca Cho, author of Everything Yearned For: Manhae's Poems of Love and Longing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791473405
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 1,264,758
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Flores teaches literature at Thammasat University in Thailand and is the author of A Study of Allegory in Its Historical Context and Relationship to Contemporary Theory.

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Table of Contents


1. Fictions of Reading: Westerners and Buddhist Texts

2. A Prince Transformed: The Nikāyas, the Nidānakathā, Aśvaghoşa’s Acts of the Buddha

3. The Buddha Awakening: The Nikāyas

4. Winning Conversions: The Nikāyas

5. Passing on: The Nikāyas

6. Figures of Right Speech: The Dhammapada

7. Joyous Negations: The Heart Sutra

8. Masters of Emptiness: The Gateless Barrier and Zen Folktales

9. Extreme Giving: The Vessantara Jātaka and Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

10. Final Emergency Reading: The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Epilogue: Images in the Reader

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