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Author Strong, John, 1948-

Title The legend and cult of Upagupta : Sanskrit Buddhism in north India and Southeast Asia / John S. Strong
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1992]


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 W'PONDS  294.3092 Upagup Str/Lac  AVAILABLE
Description xviii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents Pt. 1. Upagupta in India. Ch. 1. Provisions for the Buddha's Absence. Ch. 2. Monk and Monkey: Upagupta's Karmic Past. Ch. 3. Birth and Lineage, Patriarchs, and the Forest-Monk Tradition. Ch. 4. Lay Life, Ordination, and Arhatship. Ch. 5. Upagupta and Mara: Bhakti and the Buddha Body. Ch. 6. Master-Disciple Relations. Ch. 7. Upagupta and Asoka -- Pt. 2. Upagupta in Southeast Asia. Ch. 8. The Southeast Asian Context: Upagupta and Theravada Orthodoxy. Ch. 9. The Lokapannatti Legend. Ch. 10. Mythic Elaborations and Ritual Developments. Ch. 11. Upagupta and the Arhat Cults. Ch. 12. Communal Cults: Upagupta as Protector of Festivals. Ch. 13. Personal Rewards and Domestic Rites
Summary The author demonstrates a remarkable continuity among traditions focused on Upagupta in ancient Sarvastivadin Sanskrit materials, key Pali texts, medieval Thai and Burmese texts, and contemporary oral traditions and religious rituals in Southeast Asia. In so doing he reflects the orientation of popular Sanskrit Hinayana Buddhism, which allows for new perspectives on such classic questions as the nature of enlightenment, the role of asceticism, the problem of evil, the worship of the Buddha image, the veneration of saints, master-disciple relationships, the treatment of heterodoxy, and the relation of myth and ritual
The Buddhist monk Upagupta, who preached and taught meditative practices in Northwest India over two thousand years ago, is venerated today by the laity in parts of Burma, Thailand, and Laos as a protective figure endowed with magical powers. In this monumental work John Strong offers a systematic presentation of the Indian and Southeast Asian legends and rituals surrounding this popular saint. Once considered by Buddhist authorities as only marginally important, Upagupta emerges here as a central, ubiquitous figure within the Buddhist world
Analysis Buddhism Saints
South-East Asia
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [353]-376) and index
SUBJECT Upagupta.
Subject Buddhism -- Southeast Asia -- History.
LC no. 91014434
ISBN 0691073899 (alk. paper)