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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 Dharmaruci

The Story of Dharmaruci

(p.64) 7 The Story of Dharmaruci
Riven by Lust

Jonathan A. Silk

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents what must represent the source of the story of Mahādeva in the tale of Dharmaruci, as found in the Divyāvadāna, a collection of Buddhist stories transmitted separately from their original homes, but which are mostly traceable to the literature of monastic rules (Vinaya). The story of Dharmaruci contains the same basic narrative of an Oedipal criminal, yet no connection with any sectarian or schismatic concerns. This sets the stage for the argument that the compilers of the Abhidharma Mahāvibhāṣā, intentionally borrowed the story of Dharmaruci, fitting it to their own needs.

Keywords:   Mahādeva, Indian Buddhism, Dharmaruci, Divyāvadāna, Buddhist stories, monastic rules

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