Sugata Saurabha

Sugata Saurabha : An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya

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The Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem that retells the story of the Buddha's life. It was published in 1947 in the Nepalese language, Newari, by Chittadhar Hridaya, one of the greatest literary figures of 20th-century Nepal. The text is remarkable for its comprehensiveness, artistry, and nuance. It covers the Buddha's life from birth to death and conveys his basic teachings with simple clarity. It is also of interest because, where the classical sources are silent, Hridaya inserts details of personal life and cultural context that are Nepalese. The effect is to humanize the founder and add the texture of real life. A third point of interest is the modernist perspective that underlies the author's manner of retelling this great spiritual narrative. This rendering, in a long line of accounts of the Buddha's life dating back almost 2,000 years, may be the last ever to be produced that conforms to the traditions of Indic classic poetry. It will not only appeal to scholars of Buddhism but will find use in courses that introduce students to the life of the Buddha.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 28mm | 598.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Critical ed.
  • 9 black and white halftone illustrations
  • 019534183X
  • 9780195341836

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A skillful translation. * Buddhadharma * A superb contribution to Buddhist Studies, Lewis and Tuladhar have not only translated from the Newari poetic vernacular an extraordinarily profound text by an outstanding figure in 20th-century Nepali history, but in the process they have also managed to introduce many of the rich textures of lay Newari Buddhist culture. This is a perfect selection for a course on biographies of the Buddha or for Himalayan religious studies. * John Clifford Holt, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies, Bowdoin College *show more

Table of contents

PREFACE; INTRODUCTION; I: ENGLISH TRANSLATION; A PLEASANT CHILDHOOD; THE BLESSED ONE IN KAPILAVASTU; II: PERSPECTIVES FOR UNDERSTANDING THE TEXT; TRADITIONAL MAH?Y?NA; BIBLIOGRAPHYshow more

About Todd T. Lewis

Todd Lewis is Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Crossshow more

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