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Life of the Buddha
By: Ashva-ghosha

Life of the Buddha Ashva-ghosha


 
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Author: Ashvaghosa
Translator: Patrick Olivelle
Format: Hardcover, 4.5x6.5 inch
ISBN: 9780814762165
Publication Date: 2008

Product Code: 15222
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The Buddhist monk Ashva-ghosha composed Life of the Buddha in the first or second century CE probably in Ayodhya. 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 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. 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.

Life of the Buddha, Ashva-ghosha, NYU Press, Hardcover, 558 pages, $25.00

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