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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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(p.88) 6 Education
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with Siddhārtha's hair‐cutting rite at five years old. This vratabandha rite is also described in accordance with Newari practice. The poet introduces the Amarakosha, an important traditional text. The poet also gives Prince Siddhārtha an updated modern education, with physical education and subjects such as geography, engineering, astronomy, etc. After years spent in studies, Siddhārtha returns to the capital. His cousin, Devadatta, has his first argument with Siddhārtha over a duck Devadatta wounds while hunting. The poet provides an example of how a Buddhist court would highlight compassion over property in its deliberations. Lastly, the king and his courtiers devise to remedy Siddhārtha's growing malaise with a ceremony to which unmarried girls of the kingdom are invited to meet the prince. The chapter ends with the father's decision to send a team of negotiators to arrange for a marriage with Yashodharā.

Keywords:   hair‐cutting rite, vratabandha, Amarakosha, Devadatta, Siddhārtha, education, compassion, Yashodharā

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