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Buddhist Saints in India : A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations - Reginald A. Ray

Buddhist Saints in India

A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations

Paperback Published: 30th September 1999
ISBN: 9780195134834
Number Of Pages: 528

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The issue of saints is a difficult and complicated problem in Buddhology. In this magisterial work, Ray offers the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, Ray seeks to identify the "classical type" of the Buddhist saint, as it provides the presupposition for, and informs, the different major Buddhist saintly types and subtypes. Discussing the nature, dynamics, and history of Buddhist hagiography, he surveys the ascetic codes, conventions and traditions of Buddhist saints, and the cults both of living saints and of those who have "passed beyond." Ray traces the role of the saints in Indian Buddhist history, examining the beginnings of Buddhism and the origin of Mahayana Buddhism.

"Ray's work has major implications for the understanding of Indian Buddhist history from its origins through the development of Mahayana and helps to make sense of later Buddhist developments, beyond the scope of his subject."--Choice

"Buddhist Saints in India is an extraordinarily impressive contribution to the study of Buddhism. The breadth of the research it embodies, its wealth of detail, and the rigor with which the argument is developed and sustained throughout distinguish it as the product of many years of careful scholarship....Ray's abundant offering should be considered essential reading for all who are interested in Buddhism and the religious traditions of India, as well as the study of the saints in the world's religions."--The Journal of Religion

"Ray's substantial work surveys an extensive body of primary and secondary sources with an eye toward a fundamental revision of common views about the sociology of the early Buddhist tradition."--History of Religions

..".I think that this is a very significant book that should awaken some important scholarly interest and produce further study in this area."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Conventionsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 10
The Buddhist Saints and the Two-Tiered Model of Buddhismp. 15
Notesp. 36
Buddha Śākyamuni as a Saintp. 44
Notesp. 68
Saints of the Theragāthā and Therīgāthāp. 79
Notesp. 99
Some Orthodox Saints in Buddhismp. 105
Conclusionp. 136
Notesp. 141
Saints Criticized and Condemnedp. 151
Notesp. 173
Cults of Arhantsp. 179
Notesp. 205
The Solitary Saint, the Pratyekabuddhap. 213
Notesp. 241
Bodhisattva Saints of the Forest in Mahāyāna Sūtrasp. 251
Appendix: the Minor Rā&sadot;&tbdot;rapālaparip&rbdot;cchā Sūtra on Forest Bhik&sadot;usp. 275
Appendix: the Minor Rā&sadot;&tbdot;rapālaparip&rbdot;cchā Sūtra on Forest Bhik&sadot;usp. 280
Ascetic Traditions of Buddhist Saintsp. 293
Notesp. 318
The Buddhist Saints and the Stūpap. 324
Notesp. 352
The Cult of Saints and Buddhist Doctrines of Absence and Presencep. 358
Notesp. 386
The Buddhist Saints and the Process of Monasticizationp. 396
Notesp. 423
Conclusion Toward a Threefold Model of Buddhismp. 433
Notesp. 447
Bibliographyp. 448
Indexp. 469
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ISBN: 9780195134834
ISBN-10: 0195134834
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 30th September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.65  x 3.73
Weight (kg): 0.73

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