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Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms$
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Shayne Clarke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836474

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836474.001.0001

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The Rhinoceros in the Room

The Rhinoceros in the Room

Monks and Nuns and Their Families

(p.1) Chapter One The Rhinoceros in the Room
Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms

Shayne Clarke

University of Hawai'i Press

This book studies Buddhist monks and nuns and their continued familial relationships by drawing on monastic law codes, or vinaya. As an introduction, this chapter discusses the family as it relates to the study of Indian Buddhist monasticisms. It first considers what we know about the Buddha's family before turning to an important example from some of the earliest known strata of Buddhist literature: the Rhinoceros Horn Sūtra. It then examines V. Fausböll's claim that there are two Buddhisms: a pure or original form of Buddhism as exemplified by the Rhinoceros Horn ideal, and a later, presumably degenerate, monastic form. It also explores conflicting vsions of the ideal monk, Indian monastic law codes and concludes by providing a preview of the chapters contained in the book and explaining the scope of the study.

Keywords:   monastic law codes, Buddhist monks, Buddhist nuns, family, monasticisms, Buddha's family, Rhinoceros Horn Sūtra, V. Fausböll, Buddhism

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