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Divine Stories: Divyavadana, Part 1
 
 
Author
Andy Rotman, trans.
Publisher Wisdom  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780861712953
Pages/Publication Date 503/2008
Daedalus Item Code 36506
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Originally contained in the Divyavadana, an enormous compendium of Sanskrit Buddhist narratives from the early Common Era, the stories in this collection express the moral and ethical impulses of Indian Buddhist thought. Divine Stories is the inaugural volume in a series of translations devoted to making the wealth of classical Indian Buddhism accessible to modern readers. The stories here are among the first texts to be inscribed by Buddhists, and highlight the moral economy of karma, illustrating how gestures of faith, especially offerings, can bring the reward of future happiness and ultimate liberation.

"Here are tales about ordinary people as well as monks, stories about women, princes, merchants, and slaves, not to mention a wretched pig and a bull about to be slaughtered (both of whom find their own salvation). These stories are to the Buddhist tradition what the Arabian Nights is to the Arabic, an ocean of stories from which Buddhist storytellers and artists throughout Asia drew their inspiration. The translation—precise, elegant, vernacular—flows clear as water in a mountain stream."—Wendy Doniger

"Sprung forth from the creative soil of the Indian Buddhist imagination, these stories concretely represent the impact of the Dharma on the lives of those who turned to it for guidance. Despite the title, these are essentially human stories which record the trials and struggles of the Buddha's personal disciples as they meander through the corridors of samsara, seeking light, purity, and final freedom."—Bhikkhu Bodhi

 
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