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Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the MahayanaA Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra$
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Daniel Boucher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824828813

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824828813.001.0001

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Wilderness Dwelling and the Ascetic Disciplines

Wilderness Dwelling and the Ascetic Disciplines

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(p.40) Chapter Three Wilderness Dwelling and the Ascetic Disciplines
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Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana
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Daniel Boucher

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824828813.003.0003

This chapter attempts to flesh out the ascetic orientation of the Rāṣṭrapāla in more detail, in relationship both to mainstream Buddhist literature as well as to other voices within the Mahāyāna fold. This orientation is expressed as a commitment to the practice of the “qualities of purification” (dhutaguṇas) within the context of a retreat to the wilderness. Despite the significance of this asceticizing strand within a number of early Mahāyāna sūtras, other texts within this literature will sharply qualify, if not outright reject, wilderness dwelling as an appropriate course of action for the bodhisattva. The chapter also looks at two instances from the antiforest camp.

Keywords:   Rāṣṭrapāla, purification, dhutaguṇas, wilderness dwelling, ascetic disciplines, forest dwelling

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