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Ashvaghosha: Ashvaghosha, philosopher and poet who is considered of Faith in the Mahayana”), the Buddhacarita (“The Life of Buddha”), in verse, and the. Buddhacarita: Buddhacarita, poetic narrative of the life of the Buddha by the Sanskrit poet Ashvaghosha, one of the finest examples of Buddhist literature. Aśvaghoṣa. Life of the Buddha. Translated by Patrick Olivelle. Clay Sanskrit Library Series. New York: New York University Press and JJC Foundation, lv.

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A Chinese Apocryphal Text? In his mastery of the intricacies of prosody and the subtleties of grammar and vocabulary, Ashvaghosa anticipated…. The ashvahgosha includes many allusions to Hindu mythology which work both to relate Buddhism to its predecessors and to show how Buddhism differed. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. At the time the poem was composed, Buddhism and Hinduism were competing for adherents in India.

From that, I’m not sure I ljfe read the later Sanskrit Hindu poets the same way, knowing the degree to which they must have been familiar with Buddhist arguments from this text. I think I would appreciate this text much more if I knew how to read Sanskrit. Josh Fatzick rated it it was amazing Feb 02, The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. That’s basically everything you want out of famously intermina It’s a classical Sanskrit poem. Unless you experience how can you say it? He is regarded by….

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Siddhartha resists these arguments and resolutely defends his course of action.

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The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are when the young prince Siddhartha, 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. To ask other readers questions about Life thee the Buddhaplease sign up. Please try again later. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.


A huge war indemnity was demanded, and the ruler of Varanasi handed over instead a symbolic tribute, a begging bowl said to have been used by both the Buddha and Ashvaghosha.

Coming in with the galactic reach, I’ll say that in America this seems very familiar, where people espouse what might seem like “antiwhite” antiracist thought rather often largely because it’s been made to be as accessible as possible to the vast majority of “white” people I’m just not a fan of medieval Indian courtly poetry.

I want to follow them, so I follow the endnotes, but that just makes reading all the more difficult. For one, despite the Buddha actually going to heaven to convert his birth mother, the story apparently never comes back around to the Buddha reengaging with his abandoned wife and son: Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Ashvxghoshacountry that occupies the greater part of South Asia.

I was reminded, for example, of Sir Edwin Arnold’s — epic poem “The Life of the Buddha”a work which for years helped introduce many Westerners to Buddhism. He was previously believed to have been the author of the influential Buddhist text Awakening of Mahayana Faithbut modern scholars agree that the text was composed in China. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book in the series, “The Life of the Buddha” was published in and dates from the first or second century A.


Very interesting, and gives a good idea of the Buddhist lifestyle and philosopy The discussions become heated and some readers may remain unconvinced by Siddhartha’s chosen course and be more sympathetic to the arguments of his interlocutors. The rejection of sexuality is at its strongest in Canto 11, “Condemnation of Passion”. Eli rated it really liked it Sep 02, I thought this book was tough to get through because of all the cultural context required to understand the allusions.

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Ashvaghosa, another major dramatist who wrote in Sanskrit, based his works on Buddhist themes. I also am frequently bothered when I think I’m hearing Asvaghosa speak in place of the Buddha – though this is something that bothers me in many religious texts.

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His wonderful descriptions of the bodies of courtesans are ultimately meant to show the transience of beauty. When you say it, is it full? Layla nawshin rated it really liked it Mar 08, There was a problem with your submission.

Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs.