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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 Great Lay Disciple

The Great Lay Disciple

(p.245) 14 The Great Lay Disciple
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights Anāthapindaka, one of the greatest lay disciples of the Buddha. One feature of this chapter is the first ideal the Buddha taught to householders: making dāna offerings to the community of ordained monastics. Food offerings were needed by the monks and nuns daily, and it has been the laity's duty to make them. Anāthapindaka is exemplary in donating not only food but also making the gift of lands and buildings that institute the tradition of Buddhist monasticism. Through this householder and his generosity, the poet allows the reader to understand how the Buddha's charisma moved individuals to join the sangha and to make meritorious donations with selfless determination.

Keywords:   Anāthapindaka, dāna, sangha, generosity, Buddha, householder, monastic

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