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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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Retelling Dharmaruci’s Story

Retelling Dharmaruci’s Story

(p.100) 11 Retelling Dharmaruci’s Story
Riven by Lust

Jonathan A. Silk

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents a reading of the Dharmarucy-avadāna of the Bodhisattvāvadānakalpalatā (Wish-Granting Garland of Tales of the Bodhisattva) by eleventh-century Kashmiri poet Kṣemendra, a second Indian telling of Divyāvadāna's story of Dharmaruci. Kṣemendra's presentation offers a rare opportunity to see how a traditional reader understood and retold the story of Dharmaruci. It helps in tracing how the story of Dharmaruci was further adapted and transformed as the tale of Mahādeva.

Keywords:   Dharmaruci, Indian Buddhism, Kashmiri poet, Kṣemendra, Divyāvadāna

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