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Alf Hiltebeitel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834661

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.001.0001

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Reimagining the Dharma Hero

Reimagining the Dharma Hero

The Adventure of the Buddha

(p.142) Chapter 10 Reimagining the Dharma Hero

Alf Hiltebeitel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Aśvaghoṣa's Buddhacarita, “The Adventure of the Buddha,” which offers a dharma biography of a prince who becomes a Buddha. In making epic and other Brahmanical mythological allusions, Aśvaghoṣa brings across a realization that, no matter how illuminating heroic, sagely, and divine precedents may be as parallels, they are ultimately irrelevant to the achievement of the Buddha. Also, Aśvaghoṣa clearly rehearses many of the varied Buddhist and Brahmanical meanings of dharma likely to have been known to him. For dharma as the “quality” or “nature” of something at the end of compounds, Aśvaghoṣa offers this from the prince's rejection of the teachings attributed to his first teacher.

Keywords:   Aśvaghoṣa, Buddhacarita, dharma biography, Brahmanical mythology, Buddha, dharma

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