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Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana: A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra

Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana: A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra (Hardback)

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This volume delves into the socio religious milieu of the authors, editors, and propagators of the "Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra" (Questions of Rastrapala), a Buddhist text circulating in India during the first half of the first millennium C.E. Daniel Boucher first reflects upon the problems that plague historians of Mahayana Buddhism, whose previous efforts to comprehend the tradition have often ignored the social dynamics that motivated some of the innovations of this new literature. Following that is a careful analysis of several motifs found in the Indian text and an examination of the value of the earliest Chinese translation for charting the sutra's evolution.The first part of the study looks at the relationship between the bodily glorification of the Buddha and the ascetic career that produced it within the socioeconomic world of early medieval Buddhist monasticism. Boucher then focuses on a third-century Chinese translation of the sutra and traces the changes in the translation to the late tenth century. He concludes with an annotated translation of the sutra based on a new reading of its earliest extant Sanskrit manuscript.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsBuddhismBuddhist sacred textsReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionSacred texts Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press Publication Date: 02/09/2008 ISBN-13: 9780824828813  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Daniel Boucher is associate professor of Sino-Indian Buddhism in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University.

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