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Riven by LustIncest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography$
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Jonathan A. Silk

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830908

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830908.001.0001

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Mahādeva in Other Sources

Mahādeva in Other Sources

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(p.38) 5 Mahādeva in Other Sources
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Riven by Lust
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Jonathan A. Silk

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830908.003.0005

This chapter investigates what other traditional Buddhist sources relate about the story of Mahādeva, and looks at how his story is told in East Asian and Tibetan Buddhist sources. Among these is Vasumitra's Samayabhedoparacanacakra (Wheel of the Formation of the Divisions of Buddhist Monastic Assemblies), the lost Sanskrit original of which there is access to only through one Tibetan and three Chinese translations. Among the Chinese versions, only the translation by Xuanzang from the seventh century contains a reference connecting the initial schism between the Mahāsāṁghikas and the Sthaviras with the Five Theses and with Mahādeva.

Keywords:   Mahādeva, Buddhist literature, Indian Buddhism, East Asian Buddhists, Tibetan Buddhist texts, Vasumitra, Samayabhedoparacanacakra, Xuanzang

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