Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia 9780824864217

This collection of previously unpublished essays presents a broad range of explorations into the biographical genre of t

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Table of contents :
Contents
Preface
Trajectories in Buddhist Sacred Biography
Buddha Biography in Textual and Visual Narratives
Rebirth Traditions and the Lineages of Gotama: A Study in Theravāda Buddhology
The Biographical Imperative in Theravāda Buddhism
Narrative as Icon: The Jātaka Stories in Ancient Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture
Extensions of the Buddha Biography in Texts
A Family Quest: The Buddha, Yaśodharā, and Rāhula in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya
Nāgārjuna’s Longevity
Stūpa, Story, and Empire: Constructions of the Buddha Biography in Early Post-Aśokan India
The Jātakas and Biographies of Kings
Painting the “Great Life”
From Prose to Poetry: The Literary Development of Samuttakote
“Rationality” in the Biography of a Buddhist King: Mongkut, King of Siam (r.1851–1868)
The Biographical Genre in Local Buddhist Cults and Practice
In the Presence of the Buddha: Ritual Veneration of the Burmese Mahāmuni Image
The Textualization of a Monastic Tradition: Forest Monks, Lineage, and the Biographical Process in Thailand
The Biography of Modern Burmese Buddhist Meditation Master U Ba Khin: Life before the Cradle and past the Grave
Index
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