Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature / Edition 1

Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature / Edition 1

by Alan Cole
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520242769

ISBN-13: 9780520242760

Pub. Date: 08/29/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

This beautifully written work sheds new light on the origins and nature of Mahayana Buddhism with close readings of four well-known texts—the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, and Vimalakirtinirdesa. Treating these sutras as literary works rather than as straightforward philosophic or doctrinal treatises, Alan Cole argues that these

Overview

This beautifully written work sheds new light on the origins and nature of Mahayana Buddhism with close readings of four well-known texts—the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, and Vimalakirtinirdesa. Treating these sutras as literary works rather than as straightforward philosophic or doctrinal treatises, Alan Cole argues that these writings were carefully sculpted to undermine traditional monastic Buddhism and to gain legitimacy and authority for Mahayana Buddhism as it was veering away from Buddhism’s older oral and institutional forms. His sophisticated and sustained analysis of the narrative structures and seductive literary strategies used in these sutras suggests that they were specifically written to encourage devotion to the written word instead of other forms of authority, be they human, institutional, or iconic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520242760
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/29/2005
Series:
Buddhisms Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


Introduction
1. Text as Father
2. Who’s Your Daddy Now? Reissued Paternity in the Lotus Sutra
3. The Domino Effect: Everyone and His Brother Convert to the Lotus Sutra 000
4. “Be All You Can’t Be” and Other Gainful Losses in the Diamond Sutra
5. Sameness with a Difference in the Tathagatagarbha Sutra
6. Vimalakirti, or Why Bad Boys Finish First
Conclusion: A Cavalier Attitude toward Truth-Fathers

Bibliography

Index

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