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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

Chapter:
(p.226) 13 Handsome Nanda
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0014

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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