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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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Handsome Nanda

Handsome Nanda

(p.226) 13 Handsome Nanda
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

Original details and interwoven plot textures extend the story of Nanda, begun in the last chapter. Siddhārtha spent his youth with Nanda; Nanda leaves home to greet his much‐beloved cousin. Once near the Buddha, Nanda accepts the invitation to become a monk. Yet he is haunted by the memory of and desire for his beautiful wife, to whom he made a promise to return. Basing his narrative on a canonical account, one in which Siddhārtha is aggressive in using his supernormal powers to train a disciple, the poet adds details to the story that transpose it in the Himalayan region. The poetical highlight is the description of the beauty of Tribistap, a thinly veiled account of idealized Nepal and Tibet. The Buddha convinces Nanda to stay in the sangha; Nanda finally reaches enlightenment, having seen the futility of seeking heavenly maidens and the need to renounce attachments.

Keywords:   Buddha, Nanda, Himalaya, enlightenment, Nepal, Tibet, Tribistap, sangha

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