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The Historical Evolution of The Buddha Legend: An Old and Rare Book

Sarla Khosla (Author)

The present work consists of four chapters dealing with the life of Buddha. As far as possible an effort has here been made to sift history out of the legendary life of Buddha from all available Buddhist literature, sculptures etc (chapter-I)

It expounds Kamadeva the God of Love known as Mara in Buddhism and its defeat by Buddha before enlightenment. Details about how Mara attained dominating position of one of the foure supernatural’s i.e Samkhya and the evolution of Buddhism has been discussed (Chapter-III)

If accounts how the deification of Buddha began and the Avtar conception of Buddha was introduced. All the miraculous powers attributed to Buddha, Buddha-bhakti and epithets, to make Buddha dev-deva in comparison with other prevailing conceptions of Hindu Gods have been incorporated.

This work is written in author’s own style which tells ofher scholarly mastery of the subject.

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About the author

Sarla Khosla

Dr. Sarla Khosla is internationally known scholar of Buddhism. She is credited for writing history Political Social & Religious) of the period under reference. She sifts material provided in the philosophical, critical, sativical & detective Sanskrit works. Her works include History of Buddhism Kashmir, Gupta Civilization, Asvaghosa & his times, the evolution of Buddha Legen, Lalitavistara, Buddha bhakti and Epithets, Ksemendra and his times and various research articles includingd that of ‘Buddhism in Ladakh’ The present work ‘Brhatkatha and Its Contribution’, not only highlights the social religious and political history of the time, but also compares Brhatkatha Sloka Samgraha of Buddhaswami (a Sanskrti version of Gunadya’s Brhatkatha) with Sudraka’s Kalidasa & Bana etc. she has assigned date to Sudraka and Mrchchkatikam utilizing the material provided in the play. The deteriorating trend of already corrupt and demoralized society of Brhatkatha’s time to Mrchchkatikam’s time is also illucidated. How Buddhaswami has tried to raise the moral standard of the people (from trader to prostitute) is well explained & illustrated by Dr. Sarla Khosla, on the anatogy of Brhatkathas, Sudraka has also followed on the same lines. Both the heroes get married to harlots are (each) given the status of a wife. This great social change is beautifully narrated by both the authors & hence by the author or this work.

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Title The Historical Evolution of The Buddha Legend: An Old and Rare Book
Author Sarla Khosla
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 194p., 4 Black and White Illustration; 10.0 Inch X 7.5 Inch.