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Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana – A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana: A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra

Daniel Boucher


This book delves into the socioreligious milieu of the authors, editors, and propagators of the Rāṣṭrapālapaṛiprcchā-sūtra (Questions of Rāṣṭrapāla), a Buddhist text circulating in India during the first half of the first millennium C.E. The book first reflects upon the problems that plague historians of Mahāyāna Buddhism, whose previous efforts to comprehend the tradition have often ignored the social dynamics that motivated some of the innovations of this new literature. Following that is an analysis of several motifs found in the Indian text and an examination of the value of the earliest C ... More

Keywords: Rāṣṭrapālapaṛiprcchā-sūtra, Rāṣṭrapāla, Buddhist text, India, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Buddha, medieval Buddhist monasticism, Dharmarakṣa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824828813
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824828813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Boucher, author
Cornell University

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Part I Asceticism and the Glorification of the Buddha’s Body: The Indian Text of the Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā-sūtra

Part II Indian Buddhism Through a Chinese Lens: Dharmarakṛa’s Translation of the Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā-sūtra

Part III An Annotated Translation of the Rāṣṭrapālaparipṛcchā-sūtra