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Buddhist Saints in India

A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations
Buddhist Saints in India

Author(s) : Ray , Reginald A
Publishers Price : 31.00
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ISBN : 0195134834
EAN : 9780195134834
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 510
Size : 235 x 156mm
Publisher : Oxford Univ Press
Published : 1999
Category : Early Buddhism
Category 2 : Western Study of Buddhism
Synopsis:
This study is the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist sources.

Drawing on an extensive variety of evidence Ray identifies the prototypical Buddhist saint as a renunciant of the forest. This classical type, he argues, informs the major Buddhist saintly types, including the buddha, pratyekabuddha, arhant, and bodhisattva. Ray discusses the nature, dynamics, and history of Buddhist hagiography, surveying the ascetic codes, conventions, and traditions of Buddhist saints, and the cults of both living saints and of those who have "passed beyond." He also traces the role of the saints in Indian Buddhist history, particularly at the times of Buddhist origins and the formation of the Mahayana. Calling for a reconceptualization of Indian Buddhist history that takes into account the essential role played by the saints of the forest, Ray proposes a new three-fold model of Buddhism that adds the forest renunciant to the well-known figures of the Buddhist monastic and layperson.

"An extraordinary impressive contribution to the study of Buddhism." Journal of Religion.
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