Ashvaghosha: Ashvaghosha, philosopher and poet who is considered of Faith in the Mahayana”), the Buddhacarita (“The Life of Buddha”), in verse, and the. Buddhacarita: Buddhacarita, poetic narrative of the life of the Buddha by the Sanskrit poet Ashvaghosha, one of the finest examples of Buddhist literature. Aśvaghoṣa. Life of the Buddha. Translated by Patrick Olivelle. Clay Sanskrit Library Series. New York: New York University Press and JJC Foundation, lv.

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A Chinese Apocryphal Text? If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Ashvaghosha was born a Brahman. Anyone who loves the look and feel and heft of books will delight in these elegant little volumes. Broadly, they argue that there is a time and place for asceticism, but not for the young.

Texts such as the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya probably dating from the 4th or 5th budda ce attempt to gather the many stories of the Buddha into a single chronological account. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.


Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. I want to follow them, so I follow the endnotes, but that just makes reading all the more difficult.

I have to find one ashvaghoha the Chinese or Tibetan recensions of this to actually read it, but there are some intriguing things I can glimpse about the story through that.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The poem includes many allusions to Hindu mythology which work both to relate Buddhism to its predecessors and to show how Buddhism differed. There was a problem with your submission. Interesting read, but not the best choice if you want to learn about Buddhism. While in Varanasi Benareswhere the Buddha had preached his first sermon, Ashvaghosha saw the city conquered by the Kushan Kushana emperor Kanishkaa devout Buddhist.

Ashvaghosa, another major dramatist ashavghosha wrote in Sanskrit, based his works on Buddhist themes. Asvaghosa’s concern is with theology and practice, not philosophy. The founders of the series are John and Jennifer Clay, and Sanskritists can only thank them for an initiative intended to make the classics of an ancient Indian language accessible to a modern international audience.

Numata Center for Translation and Research, pp. Less about Buddhism or the Buddha and more about Asvaghosa’s idea of the Buddha. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I think I would appreciate this text much more if I knew how to read Sanskrit. As a result we get pulled out of the narrative right as The Buddha is having his awakening, which is, you know, a massive historico-religio cockblock. He was therefore taken away. Unless you experience how can you say it?

The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are when the young prince Siddhartha, the future Buddha, is confronted by the reality of sickness, old age, and death, while seduced by the charms of the women employed to keep him at home. A brilliant orator, Ashvaghosha spoke at length on Mahayana Greater Vehicle Ashvaghoha doctrine at the fourth Buddhist councilwhich he helped organize.


He set a challenge to the Buddhist monks that if none could meet with him in debate then they should stop beating the wood-block which signalled to the budfha to bring offerings to them.

His “The Life of the Buddha” is a lengthy epic poem, the first of its kind in Sanskrit. Help us improve this article! Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination….

The interlocutors urge young Siddhartha to remain with his father and his wife, to enjoy life and to rule the kingdom and to defer the ascetic quest until old age.

Life of the Buddha by Aśvaghoṣa

Hardcoverpages. His fame lay largely in his ability to explain the intricate concepts of Mahayana Buddhism. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Though thinking the ashvaghoosha monk would be unable to debate with him, he accepted the challenge.

The translation is accessible and lyrical and captures the beauty of the world of sense and the world of family life that young Siddhartha abandons and leaves behind. I also am frequently bothered when I think I’m hearing Asvaghosa speak in place of the Buddha – though this is something that bothers me in many religious texts. It has taken help from tibetian version of buddhacharita for the missing parts. We welcome suggested improvements to any of ahsvaghosha articles.