Text as Father : Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature / Alan Cole.
- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
- Buddhisms ; 9
1 online resource (372 pages)
- Mahayana Buddhism -- Sacred books.
Mahayana Buddhism -- Doctrines.
Paternalism -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- This beautifully written work sheds new light on the origins and nature of Mahayana Buddhism with close readings of four well-known texts-the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, and Vimalakirtinirdesa. Treating these sutras as literary works rather than as straightforward philosophic or doctrinal treatises, Alan Cole argues that these writings were carefully sculpted to undermine traditional monastic Buddhism and to gain legitimacy and authority for Mahayana Buddhism as it was veering away from Buddhism's older oral and institutional forms. His sophisticated and sustained analysis of the narrative structures and seductive literary strategies used in these sutras suggests that they were specifically written to encourage devotion to the written word instead of other forms of authority, be they human, institutional, or iconic.
1. Text as Father
2. Who's Your Daddy Now? Reissued Paternity in the Lotus Sūtra
3. The Domino Effect: Everyone and His Brother Convert to the Lotus Sūtra
4. "Be All You Can't Be" and Other Gainful Losses in the Diamond Sūtra
5. Sameness with a Difference in the Tathāgatagarbha Sūtra
6. Vimalakīrti, or Why Bad Boys Finish First
Conclusion. A Cavalier Attitude toward Truth-Fathers
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520931404 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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