An English translation of the Asokavadana text, the Sanskrit version of the legend of King Asoka, first written in the second century A.D. Emperor of India during the third century B.C. and one of the most important rulers in the history of Buddhism, Asoka has hitherto been studied in the West primarily from his edicts and rock inscriptions in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. Through an extensive critical essay and a fluid translation, John Strong examines the importance of the Asoka of the legends for our overall understanding of Buddhism.
Originally published in 1984.
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*FrontMatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. vii*Preface, pg. xi*CHAPTER ONE The Legend and Its Background, pg. 3*CHAPTER TWO Dirt and Dharma: Kingship in the Asokavadana, pg. 38*CHAPTER THREE King and Layman: Asoka's Relationship to the Buddhist Community, pg. 71*CHAPTER FOUR Asoka and the Buddha, pg. 101*CHAPTER FIVE Asoka: Master of Good Means and Merit Maker, pg. 134*Introduction to the Translation, pg. 169*The Legend of Asoka, pg. 173*APPENDIX Sanskrit Legends about Asoka Not Appearing in the Asokavadana, pg. 295*Glossary, pg. 305*Bibliography of Works Cited, pg. 313*Index, pg. 329
Series: Princeton Legacy Library
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 3rd April 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.67