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Sugata SaurabhaAn Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya$
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Todd T. Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.001.0001

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The Blessed One in Kapilavastu

The Blessed One in Kapilavastu

Chapter:
(p.209) 12 The Blessed One in Kapilavastu
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0013

The Buddha returns to visit his hometown, and this affords the poet the opportunity to renew his description of Newar culture. Chittadhar's narration is mostly unsentimental and true to the tradition's accounts: he goes there to propagate his teachings, begging as elsewhere to gain his daily sustenance. His meetings offer some imaginative and emotional opportunities. Yashodharā meets with the Buddha not as husband with wife, but as a host and guest in a broader context of hospitality. Although Yashodharā sheds tears of bittersweet reunion, she later accepts the Buddha as a religious teacher belonging to humanity. Siddhārtha struggles to gain King Shuddhodana's approval. When he ordains and takes away Rāhula, the poet explains the origin of a Vinaya rule that a child must have his parents' consent to be ordained. Many other youths join the Buddha, including his cousins Nanda, Ānanda, and a city barber, Upali.

Keywords:   Buddha, Nanda, Ānanda, Upali, Yashodharā, King Shuddhodana, hospitality, Rahula, ordain

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