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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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Twelve Years of Itinerant Preaching

Twelve Years of Itinerant Preaching

Chapter:
(p.254) 15 Twelve Years of Itinerant Preaching
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0016

This chapter moves the Buddha's life forward through more of the standard incidents associated with important doctrinal sermons. It begins with the Buddha's last visit to King Shuddhodana, who is on his deathbed; after his death, the Buddha performs the cremation rites according to Newar custom. The chapter then describes the meetings between the Buddha and his foster mother Gautamī when she requests that he allow a nun's order within the sangha, a contentious issue that merits extended treatment, one in which Ānanda intervenes. Also mentioned are the Buddha's wanderings through the famous places where the early community flourished and the locations where he spent his monsoon retreats. Of special focus are troubles with the disputatious monks of Kausāmbi, a bizarre proposal from a brahmin father that the Buddha marry his daughter, and a famous conversation with a general from the Licchavi city‐state about the virtues of compassion and nonviolence.

Keywords:   Buddha, sangha, nun's order, Ānanda, King Shuddhodana, monsoon, brahmin, Newar

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