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The generosity and forbearance of the Bodhisattva : a study of three Heian Period Japanese tales

Author:
Evans, Geoffrey H.
Degree Supervisor:
Fabio Rambelli
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2013
Issued Date:
2013
Topics:
Religion, General, Literature, Asian, and Asian Studies
Keywords:
Bodhisattva
Buddhism
Vessantara
Paramita
Japan
Ramayana
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. East Asian Languages and Cultures
Dissertation:
M.A.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
Description:

This thesis presents translations and analyses of three related Japanese Buddhist tales from the late Heian (794-1185) period. These tales are found in two collections of didactic "explanatory tales" entitled, Sanbo ekotoba [special characters omitted], "Illustrations of the Three Jewel", and Homotsushu [special characters omitted] "Collection of Treasures". These three tales show remarkable thematic and narrative debt to a canonical Chinese Buddhist scripture entitled Liu du ji jing and furthermore, each of these tales have their origins in two well known Indian tales of great antiquity, a Buddhist "birth tale", the Vessantara Jataka and the beloved Hindu epic, Ramayana. The Japanese tales present themselves as tales of the historical Buddha's previous lives as a Bodhisattva in pursuit of the six perfections, yet also contain echoes of an early Indic socio-religious context in which renunciant sramana criticized and rejected aspects of orthodox Brahmanical religion pertaining to socially stratified caste, sacrifice and notions of duty, despite their having been no analogous religious history in Japan. These tales are a remarkable example of the way in which Buddhist literature preserved and transmitted elements of Indic culture that were absorbed and integrated with specific regional sensibilities as authentic expressions of a monolithic Buddhist tradition.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (113 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3xk8chb
ISBN:
9781303425400
Catalog System Number:
990040770340203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Geoffrey Evans
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