The Buddhacarita: A Modern Sequel: The Poetic Saga of Buddha's Life from Birth to Enlightenment

The Buddhacarita: A Modern Sequel: The Poetic Saga of Buddha's Life from Birth to Enlightenment

by Tai Sheridan, Ph.D.
     
 

The Buddhacarita, Asvaghosa's second century sanskrit poem, is the oldest existing story of Buddha's life. The saga begins with prince Siddhartha's magical birth and ends with his enlightenment. The ancient myth presents Buddha's relentless inquiry into the nature of reality and artfully weaves together an archetypal hero's journey, Buddhist philosophy,

Overview

The Buddhacarita, Asvaghosa's second century sanskrit poem, is the oldest existing story of Buddha's life. The saga begins with prince Siddhartha's magical birth and ends with his enlightenment. The ancient myth presents Buddha's relentless inquiry into the nature of reality and artfully weaves together an archetypal hero's journey, Buddhist philosophy, phantasmagorical occurrences, and historical facts.

In this modern sequel, Poet-Philosopher and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan stays true to the story line and original images, but radically transforms the structure into seven line stanzas to imbue it with enchantment and lyricism. The rhyme scheme and alliteration hark back to olden times. The authoritative English translations of the original, from which he worked, are scholarly linguistic interpretations that make for difficult reading. This poetic rendition of The Buddhacarita differs from the literal translations, but will bring the joy and meaning of Buddha's search to the modern reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032810476
Publisher:
Tai Sheridan, Ph.D.
Publication date:
10/07/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
173,758
File size:
197 KB

Meet the Author

Tai Sheridan, Ph.D., is a poet, writer, Zen priest, and Buddhist contemplative with forty-three years of training. His poetry transforms ancient Buddhist texts into accessible and inspirational verse. The Buddha in Blue Jeans series is a modern contemplative approach to spiritual awakening. Tai lives in Marin County, California, where he has raised his four children. His books are bestsellers, and have downloaded more than 400,000 editions.

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