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Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism

Reiko Ohnuma

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199915651
eISBN:
9780199950058
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915651.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book is an exploration of maternal imagery and discourse in premodern South Asian Buddhism, drawing primarily on textual sources preserved in Pali and Sanskrit. It argues that Buddhism in India ... More


Family Tree

Todd Lewis and Subarna Tuladhar

in Sugata Saurabha: An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195341829
eISBN:
9780199866816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

“Family Tree” delves into the ancestors of Siddhārtha Gautama as one belonging to the Shākya clan, a lineage in the solar dynasty whose members include figures from Indic legend. References to ... More


Nativity

Todd Lewis and Subarna Tuladhar

in Sugata Saurabha: An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195341829
eISBN:
9780199866816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Hridaya did not believe in the supernatural. For the portrayal of the nativity of the future Buddha, he was a modernist thinker reluctant to follow the footsteps of his Buddhist ancestors who ... More


Mother

Todd Lewis and Subarna Tuladhar

in Sugata Saurabha: An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195341829
eISBN:
9780199866816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter begins with the death of Queen Māyā a week after the birth. The mourning of the royal court contrasts vividly with the happiness that ended the previous chapter. The last rites for the ... More


Māyā

Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195658712
eISBN:
9780199082018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses the concept of māyā. This term is the key to understanding the relationship between Brahman and the universe in which we live and breathe and have our existence. In referring ... More


Rope-Snake Illusion

Srinivasa Rao

in Advaita: A Contemporary Critique

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198079811
eISBN:
9780199081707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Advaitins of post-Śankara period hold a strange thesis that when ropes are mistaken for snakes, there are indeed snakes there, but only illusory ones. They believe so on metaphysical grounds, ... More


On Anātman

Srinivasa Rao

in Advaita: A Contemporary Critique

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198079811
eISBN:
9780199081707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

While Śankara had spoken of anātman as merely a superimposed idea, his commentators resorted to an absolutely needless hypostatization of it as a kind of positive, experienced entity in total ... More


Re-stating the Obvious

Srinivasa Rao

in Advaita: A Contemporary Critique

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198079811
eISBN:
9780199081707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079811.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter briefly summarizes the stand taken in this book. It consists of the rejection of the ontology and metaphysics of avidyā and māyā; of the thesis that our experience of the world is ... More


“Whose Womb Shall I Enter Today?”: Māyā as Idealized Birth-Giver

Reiko Ohnuma

in Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199915651
eISBN:
9780199950058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915651.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter, together with the following two, presents the argument that the Buddhist tradition has consciously shaped the two mothers of the Buddha, Māyā and Mahāprajāpatī, into a contrasting pair, ... More


“Who Breastfed the Blessed One after His Mother Had Died”: Nurturance, Guilt, and Debt in the Traditions Surrounding Mahāprajāpatī

Reiko Ohnuma

in Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199915651
eISBN:
9780199950058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915651.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter, together with the previous and the following, presents the argument that the Buddhist tradition has consciously shaped the two mothers of the Buddha, Māyā and Mahāprajāpatī, into a ... More


“Short-Lived” versus “Long-Standing”: Māyā and Mahāprajāpatī Compared

Reiko Ohnuma

in Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199915651
eISBN:
9780199950058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915651.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter, together with the previous two, presents the argument that the Buddhist tradition has consciously shaped the two mothers of the Buddha, Māyā and Mahāprajāpatī, into a contrasting pair, ... More


A General Introduction

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195676389
eISBN:
9780199081974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In philosophical discussions about modern Hinduism, the preferred word for ultimate reality is brahman. Thus, the first episteme for understanding modern Hinduism is brahman (satya). The Vedāntins, ... More


Māyā

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195676389
eISBN:
9780199081974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Māyā is a philosophical concept often invoked in modern Hinduism to explain the relationship between the universe and the ultimate reality. It conveys a sense of mystery and is suggestive of ... More


Online Hinduism

Heinz Scheifinger

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198790839
eISBN:
9780191833281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198790839.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religious Studies

Technological change is a fundamental element of modernity, and an exploration of modern Hinduism must take seriously the role of technology in religious transformation. While the nineteenth century ... More


Lumbinī: The Buddha Is Born

Donald S. Lopez Jr.

in Hyecho's Journey: The World of Buddhism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226517902
eISBN:
9780226518060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226518060.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter considers Hyecho’s visit to what he calls Kapila, the city where the Buddha is said to have grown up. What he seems to describe, however, is nearby Lumbinī, the place of the Buddha’ ... More


Dharma Echoes of Mother Māyā in Wu Zhao

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the role played by Buddhism in the complex machinations of Wu Zhao's political legitimation, with particular emphasis on the nature and political utility of her carefully ... More


Conclusions: Schopenhauer’s Representation and Its Indian Affinities

Stephen Cross

in Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought: Representation and Will and Their Indian Parallels

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837358
eISBN:
9780824871048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837358.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines the Indian affinities of Arthur Schopenhauer’s doctrine of representation. It first considers the teachings of Advaita Vedānta and Mādhyamika schools regarding the deceptive ... More


Introduction: Freud’s “The ‘Uncanny’ ” and the Mahābhārata

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Freud's Mahābhārata

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190878337
eISBN:
9780190878368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878337.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religion and Literature

Chapter 1 provides entrée to the book’s Mahābhārata subject matter. Among what Freud calls three “classes” of the uncanny, it treats Freud’s handling of castration anxiety and his emphasis on Oedipal ... More


Cosmological, Devotional, and Social Perspectives on the Hindu Goddess

Tracy Pintchman

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198767022
eISBN:
9780191821226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767022.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

Although Hindus recognize and revere a variety of different, discrete goddesses, they also tend to speak of “The Goddess” as a singular and unifying deity. This chapter focuses on three dimensions of ... More


From Magic to Deity, Matter to Persona: The Exaltation of Māyā

Bihani Sarkar

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198767022
eISBN:
9780191821226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767022.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

The first chapter of the Devīmāhātmya, a collection of myths about the warrior goddess Durgā, mentions a mysterious figure of magic and causal power, the goddess Mahāmāyā who is the personified sleep ... More


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