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The Fruits of Paradox: On the Religious Architecture of the Buddha's Life Story
Author Silk, Jonathan Alan
Source Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Volumev.71 n.4
Pages863 - 881
PublisherOxford University Press
Publisher Url
LocationOxford, UK [牛津, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Abstract Traditional accounts of the life story of the Buddha contain an apparent paradox: at birth he is virtually omniscient, but by adolescence when he encounters the famous "four sights"-an old man, an ill man, a corpse, and a mendicant-he does not know how to understand them. This article proposes one possible religious meaning visible within this paradox, relating to differing motivations which encourage believers both to begin Buddhist practice, since they share the ignorance the Buddha felt as a young man, and to continue it despite the vast distance to its final goal, since it was only after a long series of rebirths that the Buddha himself could attain liberation.
ISSN00027189 (P); 14774585 (E)
Created date2005.04.06
Modified date2020.01.10

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