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Life of the Buddha



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The Buddhist monk Ashvaghosha composedLife of the Buddhain the first or second century CE probably in Ayodhya. This is the earliest surviving text of the Sanskrit literary genre called kavya and probably provided models for Kalidasa's more famous works. 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 poet of the highest order, Ashvaghosha's aim is not entertainment but instruction, presenting the Buddha's teaching as the culmination of the Brahmanical tradition. His wonderful descriptions of the bodies of courtesans are ultimately meant to show the transience of beauty.Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC FoundationFor more on this title and other titles in the Clay Sanskrit series, please visit

Table of Contents

Sanskrit alphabetical order
CSL conventions
The Birth of the Lordp. 1
Life in the Ladies' Chambersp. 35
Becoming Dejectedp. 59
Rebuffing the Womenp. 85
The Departurep. 123
Chandaka is Sent Backp. 159
Entering the Ascetic Grovep. 185
Lamenting in the Seragliop. 209
Search for the Princep. 243
Encounter with King Shrenyap. 277
Condemnation of Passionp. 295
The Meeting with Aradap. 327
Victory over Marap. 371
The Awakeningp. 401
Summary of Cantos 14-28p. 415
Notesp. 433
Glossary of Namesp. 465
Indexp. 477
Sandhi gridp. 498
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