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Biographical Scripture of King Asoka
By: Rongxi, Li, Tr.

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Author: Rongxi, Li, Tr.
Format: Hardcover

Product Code: 12079

In spite of the legendary style of the presentation, this biographical work, of which the original Sanskrit text is little known, gives accounts of the major events in the life of King Asoka that are historically verifiable through comparative studies of reliable written records and arch'ological findings. Although the exact date of the original text is unascertainable, it may be said that it was composed no earlier than 184 B.C., when the Maurya dynasty collapsed, because this event is mentioned in the work.
Besides recounting the major events in the life of King Asoka, this work devotes half of its space to stories concerning the six patriarchs who succeeded the Buddha transmitting the Dharma: Mahakasyapa, Ananda, Madhyantika, Sanakavasin, Upagupta, and Dhitika. It also includes some other stories for the elucidation of the Dharma.

Biographical Scripture of King Asoka, Translated from the Chinese by Li Rongxi, Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, Hardcover, 203 pages, $30.00

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