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Author Ray, Reginald A.

Title Buddhist saints in India : a study in Buddhist values and orientations / Reginald A. Ray
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1994


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Description xviii, 508 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. The Buddhist Saints and the Two-Tiered Model of Buddhism -- 2. Buddha Sakyamuni as a Saint -- 3. Saints of the Theragatha and Therigatha -- 4. Some Orthodox Saints in Buddhism -- 5. Saints Criticized and Condemned -- 6. Cults of Arhants -- 7. The Solitary Saint, the Pratyekabuddha -- 8. Bodhisattva Saints of the Forest in Mahayana Sutras -- 9. Ascetic Traditions of Buddhist Saints -- 10. The Buddhist Saints and the Stupa -- 11. The Cult of Saints and Buddhist Doctrines of Absence and Presence -- 12. The Buddhist Saints and the Process of Monasticization -- Conclusion: Toward a Threefold Model of Buddhism
Summary Calling for a reconceptualization of Indian Buddhist history that takes into account the essential role played by the saints of the forest, Ray proposes a new three-fold model of Buddhism, that adds the forest renunciant to the well-known figures of the Buddhist monastic and layperson. Of primary concern to scholars of Buddhism, Indian religions, Asian studies, and religious studies, Buddhist Saints in India will also interest those who study hagiography
The issue of saints is a difficult and complicated problem in buddhology. This study is the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, Ray seeks to identify the prototypical Buddhist saint as a "renunciant of the forest." This classical type, Ray argues, provides the presupposition for, and informs the different major Buddhist saintly types and subtypes, including the buddha, pratyekabuddha, arhant, and bodhisattva. Discussing the nature, dynamics, and history of Buddhist hagiography, Ray surveys the ascetic codes, conventions, and traditions of Buddhist saints, and the cults both of living saints and of those who have "passed beyond." He traces the role of the saints in Indian Buddhist history, particularly at the times of Buddhist origins and the formation of the Mahayana
Analysis Buddhism Saints
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 448-467) and index
Subject Buddhist ethics.
Buddhist saints.
LC no. 91027999
ISBN 0195072022 (alk. paper)