Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions

By: Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler, and Sarah Shaw

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From the Buddha in ancient India to a nun in modern-day Los Angeles, Lives Lived, Lives Imagined crosses time, traditions, and cultures to present fascinating lives and depictions of lives of those on the Buddhist path. Buddhist biographies come to life in many forms: they come from known poets and anonymous compilers; they are told by bards and even enacted by performers; they may also be autobiographies, either public or secret. Equally diverse have been the purposes they have served-as models for emulation, as origin stories for a particular community or lineage, or as narrative explications of doctrine. This book, a collection of papers presented at a conference at the University of Oxford, presents a multifaceted, multitradition portrait of Buddhist biographies. Part 1 deals with biographies of the Buddha, investigating Chinese and Pali sources and the Sanskrit dramatizations of Asvaghosa. Part 2 contains modern Buddhist life stories, including a rare autobiography from Burma. Part 3 explores the Tibetan tradition, including such well-known figures as Milarepa, Shakya Chogden, and Karmapa Mikyö Dorje. Together, these biographies and studies reveal the rich diversity of Buddhism's myriad incarnations over its long history and the dynamic scope of its thought and practice. Printed Pages: 352.

Title: Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Biography in the Buddhist Traditions

Author Name: Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler, and Sarah Shaw

Categories: India, Buddhism and Buddhist Studies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Boston, USA, Wisdom Publications: 2010

ISBN: 0861715780

ISBN 13: 9780861715787

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 15 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 033979

Keywords: Buddhism Buddha Buddhist India