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Speaking for BuddhasScriptural Commentary in Indian Buddhism$
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Richard Nance

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152303

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152303.001.0001

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Models of Instruction

Models of Instruction

Preachers Perfect and Imperfect

(p.45) Two Models of Instruction
Speaking for Buddhas

Richard F. Nance

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses teaching as characterized in Buddhist texts and as undertaken by those who intend to convey those texts authoritatively. It examines the normative and historical elements of the Buddhist preacher—a figure constantly associated with the transmission of Buddhist teaching from generation to generation. In the first part, the chapter considers important portraits of this Buddhist preacher drawn in Buddhist sūtras and śāstras. These portraits explain the preacher's pedagogical competence in terms of four discriminations: dharma, things, expression, and eloquence. The latter part aims to present how idealized portraits of teachers painted in texts may have complied—and sometimes failed to comply—with the practices of those outside the texts who would shape and be shaped by them.

Keywords:   Buddhist texts, Buddhist preacher, Buddhist teaching, sūtras, śāstras

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