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Reading the Mahāvamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

Kristin Scheible

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231171380
eISBN:
9780231542609
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171380.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Vamsa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, ... More


Pāli and the languages of early Buddhism

K. R. Norman

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter goes back to the beginnings of Buddhism, in fact to that ancient problem: What language or languages did the Buddha speak? It discusses Old Indo-Aryan and the origin of the Prakrit ... More


The Maṇimēkalai's Community of Readers and Listeners

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The nature of the Maṇimēkalai's textual or reading community is considered through an examination of the narrative as a literary work produced in the context of a diverse and multilingual South ... More


The Vīracōḻiyam: Language, Literary Theory, and Religious Community

Anne E. Monius

in Imagining a Place for Buddhism: Literary Culture and Religious Community in Tamil-Speaking South India

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195139990
eISBN:
9780199834501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195139992.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapters and the next turn to the eleventh‐century Vīracōliyam and its commentary, both of which construct a technology or theoretical vision of a multilingual literary culture that is claimed ... More


The Rules of Buddhist Monks: Issues of Property and Pollution

Malcolm Voyce

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0021
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

The translations by Buddhist scholars of Pāli Vinaya texts reflected the mental predispositions of those involved. These scholars were not legally trained and tended to see the Vinaya as a series of ... More


Early Buddhism: Three Baskets of Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 4 takes up Buddhist understandings of dhamma or dharma as they were developed in (or better, into) the three baskets of the early Buddhist canon, especially the Pāli canon of the Theravāda ... More


Vihārāpala

Jonathan A. Silk

in Managing Monks: Administrators and Administrative Roles in Indian Buddhist Monasticism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195326840
eISBN:
9780199852079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326840.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Although the term vihāra-pāla may not have been a confirmed word in Sanskrit, there are several available clues that assert the existence of the term. According to a certain passage which was used to ... More


Classified Lists of Administrators

Jonathan A. Silk

in Managing Monks: Administrators and Administrative Roles in Indian Buddhist Monasticism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195326840
eISBN:
9780199852079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326840.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The monk-arhat Dravya Mallaputra embodies the typical administrator in the Vinaya literature. Some of his administrative tasks include the distribution of shelter and food, and, according to some ... More


The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency

Maria Heim

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199331031
eISBN:
9780199369386
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331031.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book treats systematically the ethical thought of the fifth-century CE Theravāda Buddhist thinker Buddhaghosa. It focuses on an important equivalence in Buddhist thought that identifies ... More


Relocating the Light

Kristin Scheible

in Reading the Mahāvamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231171380
eISBN:
9780231542609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171380.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Pāli is not typically considered a language that allows for much literary flourish, but literary moves are made nonetheless: patterns and rhetorical structures introduced in the first chapter ... More


Historicizing (in) the Pāli Dīpavaṃsa and Mahāvaṃsa

Kristin Scheible

in Reading the Mahāvamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231171380
eISBN:
9780231542609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171380.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Scholars and Buddhists alike have treated the Mahāvaṃsa as a history, provoking all the concomitant responsibilities and expectations and methods of interpretation assumed to be at work when one does ... More


Scarecrows, Up ā sakas, Fetuses, and Other Child Monastics in Middle-Period Indian Buddhism

Amy Paris Langenberg

in Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860265
eISBN:
9780199979929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores children’s participation in monastic life according to texts from the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya, the Avadānaśataka, the Mahāvastu, and other Sanskrit Buddhist sources, documenting ... More


Pāli Vinaya: Reconceptualizing Female Sexuality in Early Buddhism

Alice Collett

in Women in Early Indian Buddhism: Comparative Textual Studies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199326044
eISBN:
9780199369324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199326044.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In this chapter, Alice Collett addresses the topic of female sexuality and presents a revalorization of what has come to be understood as a pervasive social construct on female sexuality in early ... More


Therīgāthā: Nandā, Female Sibling of Gotama Buddha

Alice Collett

in Women in Early Indian Buddhism: Comparative Textual Studies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199326044
eISBN:
9780199369324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199326044.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The focus in this chapter is the relationship between the Therīgāthā and the Pāli narrative biographical tradition. This relationship is explored through an analysis of Therīgāthā verses and ... More


Ancestral Rites in the Buddhist Literature

Matthew R. Sayers

in Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199917471
eISBN:
9780199345564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917471.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses the Buddhist reference to the śrāddha-rite found in the Pāli Canon in order to show that the early tradition understood the ancestral rites to be a part of their proper ... More


Autonomy and Human Rights in Ancient and Modern Indian Buddhism

Gordon Davis

in Human Rights: India and the West

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780199453528
eISBN:
9780199085361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453528.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Autonomy is seen as one of the underlying values of personhood that human rights seek to protect. This chapter shows that there is a degree of convergence between the original justification of ... More


Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History

Alice Collett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199459070
eISBN:
9780199086375
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199459070.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Alice Collett’s book is the most comprehensive study of women in Pāli Buddhism since the publication of I. B. Horner’s seminal Women under Primitive Buddhism in 1930. Collett’s focus is different to ... More


Gṛhastha in the Śramaṇic Discourse: A Lexical Survey of House Residents in Early Pāli Texts

Oliver Freiberger

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

Stephanie Jamison suggests in her chapter of this volume that the Brahmanical authors of the Dharmasūtras borrowed the term gṛhastha from the śramaṇic discourse of the time. Aside from Aśoka’s ... More


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