Once a Peacock, Once an Actress

Twenty-Four Lives of the Bodhisattva from Haribhatta's &quote;Jatakamala&quote;
University of Chicago Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 30. August 2017
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  • 288 Seiten
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Written in Kashmir around 400 CE, Haribhatta's Jatakamala is a remarkable example of classical Sanskrit literature in a mixture of prose and verse that for centuries was known only in its Tibetan translation. But between 1973 and 2004 a large portion of the Sanskrit original was rediscovered in a number of anonymous manuscripts. With this volume Peter Khoroche offers the most complete translation to date, making almost 80 percent of the work available in English.?Haribhatta's Jtakaml is a sophisticated and personal adaptation of popular stories, mostly non-Buddhist in origin, all illustrating the future Buddha's single-minded devotion to the good of all creatures, and his desire, no matter what his incarnation-man, woman, peacock, elephant, merchant, or king-to assist others on the path to nirvana. Haribhatta's insight into human and animal behavior, his astonishing eye for the details of landscape, and his fine descriptive powers together make this a unique record of everyday life in ancient India as well as a powerful statement of Buddhist ethics. This translation will be a landmark in the study of Buddhism and of the culture of ancient India.?
  • Englisch
  • Chicago, IL
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  • USA
978-0-226-48601-7 (9780226486017)
022648601X (022648601X)
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  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Prologue
  • 1. KING PRABHASA. King Prabhasa vows to become a Buddha
  • 2. JUJUBE ISLAND. As the merchant Supriya, the Bodhisattva gains the jewel that grants all wishes
  • 3. DHARMAKAMA. As Dharmakama, the Bodhisattva barters his life for a wise saying
  • 4. THE HARE. As a hare, the Bodhisattva offers his life to feed another
  • 5. KING CANDRAPRABHA. As King Candraprabha, the Bodhisattva gives his head to one who begs for it
  • 6. RUPYAVATI. As Rupyavati, the Bodhisattva cuts off her breasts to feed a starving servant-girl
  • 7. THE MERCHANT'S SON. As a merchant's son, the Bodhisattva feeds his body to animals
  • 8. KING PADMAKA. As King Padmaka, the Bodhisattva turns into a carp to cure his subjects of disease
  • 9. KING BRAHMADATTA. As King Brahmadatta, the Bodhisattva gives away his food ration in time of famine
  • 11. THE DEER. As a deer, the Bodhisattva offers himself to the king's butchers in place of a pregnant doe
  • 12. THE PEACOCK. As a peacock, the Bodhisattva saves a queen from adultery
  • 14. SYAMA. As Syama, the Bodhisattva devotes himself to his blind parents
  • 19. THE ELEPHANT. As an elephant, the Bodhisattva helps the hunter who is sent to kill him
  • 20. PRINCE CANDRA. As Prince Candra, the Bodhisattva shows forbearance to the minister who wants him killed
  • 22. THE ANTELOPE. As an antelope, the Bodhisattva sacrifices his life to save his herd from extinction
  • 23. PRINCE KANAKAVARMAN. As Prince Kanakavarman, the Bodhisattva rescues his sister and her lover from the king's wrath and conquers the goblins who have laid waste a foreign land
  • 24. MULIKA. As Mulika, a gatherer of medicinal herbs, the Bodhisattva nurses an ailing Pratyekabuddha
  • 25. SUDHANA AND THE FAIRY PRINCESS. As Prince Sudhana, the Bodhisattva undergoes many trials to be reunited with his fairy wife
  • 26. JAJVALIN. As the ascetic Jajvalin, the Bodhisattva finds that a dove has nested on his head while he has been meditating. He waits until her chicks are fully fledged before moving
  • 27. KESAVA. As Kesava, a doctor, the Bodhisattva cures a madwoman
  • 29. NIRUPAMA. As Nirupama, an actress, the Bodhisattva cures an actor of lust
  • 32. THE LION. As a lion, the Bodhisattva saves the lives of two little monkeys entrusted to him
  • 33. SAKRA. As Sakra, lord of the gods, the Bodhisattva resuscitates a dead elephant calf
  • 34. SYENAKA. As Syenaka, a king's minister, the Bodhisattva renounces the world and reforms the king
  • Notes
  • References

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