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Readings of the Vessantara Jātaka

Author: Steven Collins
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
Series: Columbia readings of Buddhist literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Vessantara Jataka is one of the most popular and influential Theravada Buddhist texts and the final and longest scripture in the Pali Canon. It tells the story of Prince Vessantara, who attained the Perfection of Giving by giving away his fortune, his children, and his wife. Prince Vessantara was the penultimate rebirth as a human of the future Gotama Buddha, and his extreme charity is frequently portrayed in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Collins
ISBN: 9780231160384 0231160380 9780231160391 0231160399
OCLC Number: 923547777
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 216 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction, dramatis personae, and chapters in the Vessantara Jātaka / Steven Collins --
Readers in the maze: modern debates about the Vessantara story in Thailand / Louis Gabaude --
Emotions and narrative: excessive giving and ethical ambivalence in the Lao Vessantara Jātaka / Patrice Ladwig --
Blissfully Buddhist and betrothed: marriage in the Vessantara Jātaka and other South and Southeast Asian Buddhist narratives / Justin Thomas McDaniel --
Jūjaka as trickster: the comedic monks of northern Thailand / Katherine A. Bowie --
Narration in the Vessantara painted scrolls of northeast Thailand and Laos / Leedom Lefferts and Sandra Cate --
A man for all seasons: three Vessantaras in premodern Myanmar / Lilian Handlin --
Vessantara opts out: Newar versions of the tale of the generous prince / Christoph Emmrich.
Series Title: Columbia readings of Buddhist literature.
Responsibility: edited by Steven Collins.

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Anthropologists, textual scholars in religious and Buddhist studies, and art historians engage in sophisticated readings of the text and its ethics of giving, understanding of attachment and  Read more...

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