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A few good men : the Bodhisattva path according to the Inquiry of Ugra (Ugraparipṛcchā)

Author: Jan Nattier
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2003.
Series: Studies in the Buddhist traditions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugrapariprccha) is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras, preserved and transmitted in both India and China over many centuries and actively quoted in treatises on the bodhisattva path. It is, nevertheless, one of the most neglected texts in Western treatments of Buddhism. The Ugra appears to be one of the earliest bodhisattva scriptures to come down to us, and as such it offers a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nattier, Jan, 1949-
Few good men.
Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2003
(OCoLC)988863916
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Nattier
ISBN: 0824826078 9780824826079
OCLC Number: 50731288
Description: xvi, 383 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Analysis --
The Formation of the Inquiry of Ugra --
The Ugra as a Literary Document --
Versions of the Sutra --
The Name "Ugradatta" --
The Epithet Grhapati --
Ugra as Literary Character: Precedents in Earlier Texts --
The Title of the Sutra --
The Ugra as a Ratnakuta Text --
The Evolution of the Text over Time --
Structure and Genre --
Date and Provenance --
The Ugra as a Historical Source: Methodological Considerations --
The Problem of Textual Stratification --
Types of Interpolations in the Ugra --
Multiplication of epithets --
Completion of a standard list --
Recall of a passage from elsewhere --
Filling in the blanks --
Reiteration with additional examples --
Addition of genuinely new material --
The Possibility of Omissions and Abbreviations --
Moving Pieces: Alterations in the Sequence of the Text --
Extracting Historical Data from a Normative Source --
The principle of --
The principle of irrelevance --
The principle of counterargument --
The principle of corroborating evidence --
Ex Silentio: The Interpretation of Absence --
A Distant Mirror: Studying Indian Buddhism through Chinese and Tibetan Texts --
The Institutional Setting --
Defining Categories: Household vs. Renunciant Life --
Lay Bodhisattvas --
Monastic Bodhisattvas --
Bodhisattvas and Sravakas in the Buddhist Sangha --
The Vihara and the Wilderness --
Hirakawa's theory of the lay origins of the Mahayana --
Ray's theory of the forest origins of the Mahayana --
Gender Issues --
Conclusions: Bodhisattvas in Their Nikaya Contexts.
Series Title: Studies in the Buddhist traditions.
Other Titles: Tripiṭaka.
Responsibility: study and translation by Jan Nattier.

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This is a study and translation of one of the most influential Mahayana sutras on the bodhisattva path, but also one of the most neglected texts in Western treatments of Buddhism. The author  Read more...

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