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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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Devadatta's Sacrilege

Devadatta's Sacrilege

Chapter:
(p.294) 18 Devadatta's Sacrilege
Source:
Sugata Saurabha
Author(s):

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0019

The chapter begins with famous biographical incidents: the teaching death's universality to a mother and the pacification of a bandit, Angulimāla. Chittadhar recounts villainous acts toward the Buddha by Devadatta. Although Devadatta was swept up in the enthusiasm that led many of the Buddha's relatives to join the sangha, he is eaten away by jealousy. While Devadatta offers to take over leadership of the sangha, citing the Buddha's advanced age, Siddhārtha declines derisively. So Devadatta attempts to kill him but in every instance fails. Also blended into this story are two other historical accounts. The first is the story of the Ayurveda physician and Buddhism supporter Jīvaka. The second story is of how Devadatta influenced Prince Ajātashatru to mistreat, depose, then eventually kill his father, the Buddha's patron, King Bimbasāra. Ajātashatru's repentance and rejection by his mother adds to the emotions conveyed. The chapter ends with Devadatta's demise.

Keywords:   Buddha, Angulimāla, King Bimbasāra, Ajātashatru, Devadatta, Jīvaka, sangha, Ayurveda

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