Buddhist Scriptures as Literature: Sacred Rhetoric and the Uses of Theory

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In this book, John R. McRae shows how modern critical techniques, supported by recent manuscript discoveries, make possible a more skeptical, accurate, and—ultimately—productive assessment of Chan lineages, teaching, fundraising practices, and social organization.

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Synthesizing twenty years of scholarship, Seeing through Zen offers new, accessible analytic models for the interpretation of Chan spiritual practices and religious history. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Buddhist Scriptures as Literature explores the drama, lyricism, and compelling storylines in Buddhist sacred writings, while illustrating how rhetoric and ideology are at work in shaping readers' reactions. Ralph Flores argues that the Buddha's life story itself follows an archetypal quest-romance pattern: regal surroundings are abandoned and the ensuing feats are heroic.

The story can be read as an epic, but it also has a comic plot: confusions and trials until the Prince becomes utterly selfless, having found his true element--nirvana. Understanding these works as literature deepens our sense of the unfolding of their teachings, of their exuberant histories, and of their relevance for contemporary life.

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Be the first to write a review. Best Selling in Nonfiction See all. The time has come for scholars to investigate Buddhist texts not only with philological rigour, but also with theoretical sophistication. In this regard, Buddhist Scriptures as Literature is at the vanguard of an emerging fusion between Buddhist textual scholarship and literary theory.

Although not without its faults, this innovative study will hopefully point the way for such future endeavours. Related Papers.

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Request removal from index. Buddhacarita 1. Chinese tradition cites that he was known for his magical powers, and Huan Tsang speaks of his dealing with evil spirits at Pataliputra. The work of Hirzel , Weller , Gonda , Leidecker , and Sharma , and more recently Brockington give us a helpful start in the larger questions of the uses of simile and metaphor as comparative tools in the world of early India. The story can be read as an epic, but it also has a comic plot: confusions and trials until the Prince becomes utterly selfless, having found his true element--nirvana. Shop Books.

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