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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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The Story of Mahādeva

The Story of Mahādeva

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Riven by Lust

Jonathan A. Silk

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter offers a somewhat more detailed look at the story of Mahādeva and its narration. The most detailed and commonly cited account of Mahādeva and his contentious theses is contained in the Chinese translation of the Vibhāṣā. The Vibhāṣā's detailed background story can be divided into roughly two parts, the first being the life of Mahādeva before he entered the monkhood, the second consisting of his exploits as a schismatic monk. The chapter focuses on accounts of Mahādeva's exploits before his entry into the monastic community, since it is here that his character is established and therefore here that the imputations of unreliability are made.

Keywords:   Mahādeva, Indian Buddhism, Indian Buddhists, schismatic monk, Vibhāṣā

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