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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 Monastery Built by Vishākhā

The Monastery Built by Vishākhā

(p.280) 17 The Monastery Built by Vishākhā
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with famous sangha events: the history of the monastic code, the Vinaya; the appointment of a personal monk attendant, his cousin Ānanda, for the middle‐aged Buddha; and an incident when the Buddha upbraids monks for failing to care for a sick monk. The narrative focuses on the life story and noble virtues of the female lay disciple, Vishākhā. It records her marriage into a wealthy merchant family and her unwavering devotion to the Buddha. The remainder of the chapter records Vishākhā's selling her personal jewelry to raise the funds to build one of the great monasteries of early Buddhism. The portrait of this famous woman householder is done with respect and affection. There are also descriptions of the code of monastic conduct, the portrayal of Newar rituals of donation, and the parts of a traditional early Buddhist monastery.

Keywords:   Buddha, sangha, Vinaya, monastery, Vishākhā, Ānanda, Visākha, householder, merchant

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