Reiko Ohnuma offers a wide-ranging exploration of maternal imagery and discourse in pre-modern South Asian Buddhism, drawing on textual sources preserved in Pali and Sanskrit. She demonstrates that Buddhism in India had a complex and ambivalent relationship with mothers and motherhood-symbolically, affectively, and institutionally.
Cover Contents List of Illustrations Conventions Acknowledgments Introduction 1. "A Mother's Heart Is Tender": Buddhist Depictions of Mother-Love 2. "Whose Heart Was Maddened by the Loss of Her Child": Mothers in Grief 3. "Whose Womb Shall I Enter Today?": M& #257 y& #257 as Idealized Birth-Giver 4. "Who Breastfed the Blessed One after His Mother Had Died": Nurturance, Guilt, and Debt in the Traditions Surrounding Mah& #257 praj& #257 pat& #299
5. "Short-Lived" versus "Long-Standing": M& #257 y& #257 and Mah& #257 praj& #257 pat& #299 Compared 6. "She Is the Mother and Begetter of the Conquerors": Pregnancy, Gestation, and Enlightenment 7. "Just as a Mother's Milk Flows from Her Breasts": Breastfeeding and Compassionate Deeds 8. "What Here Is the Merit, May That Be for My Parents": Motherhood on the Ground Conclusion Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W X Y.
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