Life of the Buddha

Life of the Buddha

by Ashvaghosa Ashvaghosa, Asvaghosa
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814762166

ISBN-13: 9780814762165

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

The Buddhist monk Ashva·ghosha composed Life of the Buddha in the first or second century CE probably in Ayódhya. This is the earliest surviving text of the Sanskrit literary genre called kavya and probably provided models for Kali·dasa's more famous works. The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are when the young prince

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The Buddhist monk Ashva·ghosha composed Life of the Buddha in the first or second century CE probably in Ayódhya. This is the earliest surviving text of the Sanskrit literary genre called kavya and probably provided models for Kali·dasa's more famous works. The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are when the young prince Siddhártha, 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, Ashva·ghosha'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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814762165
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
Clay Sanskrit Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
558
Sales rank:
643,237
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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