Lives Lived, Lives Imagined Biography in the Buddhist Traditions

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-10
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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From the Buddha in ancient India to a run in modern-day Los Angles, Lives Lived, Lives Imagined crosses time, traditions, and cultures to present fascinating depictions of lives of those on the Buddhist path. Buddhist biographies come to life in many forms: they come from known poets and anonymous compilers; they are told by bards and even enacted by performers; they may be autobiographies, either public or secret. Equally diverse have been the purposes they have served-as models for emulation, as origin stories for a particular community or lineage, as narrative explications of doctrine.

Author Biography

Linda Covill received her DPhil from the University of Oxford and is the author of a translation and a study of the Saundarananda. Ulrike Roesler teaches Indian studies at the University of Freiburg in Germany and specialize in the history of the Tibetan Kadampa tradition. Sarah Shaw teaches for the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and for Randolph College and Taylor University in the U.S., and is a member of Wolfson College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. IX
Introductionp. 1
The Buddha: A Life Lived, Imagined, and Living Still
And That Was I: How the Buddha Himself Creates a Path between Biography and Autobiographyp. 15
Chips from a Biographical Workshop-Early Chinese Biographies of the Buddha: The Late Birth of Rahula and Yasodhara's Extended Pregnancyp. 49
Truth Under the Guise of Poetry: Asvaghosa's ˘Life of the Buddha÷p. 89
Handsome Is as Handsome Does: Asvaghosa's Story of the Buddha's Younger Brotherp. 123
Theravada Biographies in the Twentieth Century
Seeing Myself as Another Person: The Autobiography of a Burmese Monastic Thinker in the Twentieth Centuryp. 139
Learning, Living, Spreading the Dharma-A Postmodern Journey from Uku Baha, Lalitpur, to Hsi Lai Monastery, Hacienda Heights, California: How Ganesh Kumari Shakya Became Bhikkhuni Dhammawatip. 161
Tibet Re-Narrated: Biographies of Tibetan Masters
The Evolution of the Biographies of Milarepa and Rechungpap. 181
Tibetan Sources on the Life of Serdog Panchen Shakya Chogden (1418-1507)p. 205
Narratives of Reincarnation, Politics of Power, and the Emergence of a Scholar: The Very Early Years of Miky÷ Dorjep. 241
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Circumscription of Saintly Evil in Tibetan Biographyp. 299
Spellings of Tibetan Namesp. 325
Contributorsp. 333
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