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Aśvaghoṣa and His Canonical Sources I: Preaching Selflessness to King Bimbisāra and the Magadhans (Buddhacarita 16.73–93)
Author Eltschinger, Vincent
Source Journal of Indian Philosophy
Volumev.41 n.2
Pages167 - 194
Publisher Url
LocationBerlin, Germany [柏林, 德國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteAuthor Affiliations: Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
KeywordAśvaghoṣa; Buddhacarita; Bimbasāra; Self; Selflessness; Indian philosophy; (Mūla)sarvāstivāda; Sectarian affiliation
AbstractAśvaghoṣa’s Buddhacarita contains two sharply argumented critiques of the non-Buddhists’ self: one against Arāḍa Kālāma’s (proto-)Sāṅkhya version of the ātman in Canto 12, and one of a more general import in Canto 16. Close scrutiny of the latters narrative environment reveals Aśvaghoṣa’s indebtedness, in both contents and wording, to either a Mahāsāṅghika(/Lokottaravādin) or—much more plausibly—a (Mūla)sarvāstivāda account of the events that saw the Buddha preach selflessness to King Bimbasāra and his Magadhan subjects. Besides hinting at this genetic relationship, the present essay aims at exhibiting the structure and contents of Aśvaghoṣa’s arguments against the self, some of which can pride themselves of a long posterity in the controversy over the self.
ISSN00221791 (P); 15730395 (E)
Created date2013.10.11
Modified date2019.07.29

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