Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations by Reginald A. Ray

Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations

byReginald A. Ray

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The issue of saints is a difficult and complicated problem in Buddhology. In this magisterial work, Ray offers the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, Ray seeks to identifythe "classical type" of the Buddhist saint, as it provides the presupposition for, and informs, the different major Buddhist saintly types and subtypes. Discussing the nature, dynamics, and history of Buddhist hagiography, he surveys the ascetic codes, conventions and traditions of Buddhist saints,and the cults both of living saints and of those who have "passed beyond." Ray traces the role of the saints in Indian Buddhist history, examining the beginnings of Buddhism and the origin of Mahayana Buddhism.

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Reginald A. Ray is at University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Title:Buddhist Saints in India: A Study in Buddhist Values and OrientationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.3 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"...I think that this is a very significant book that should awaken some important scholarly interest and produce further study in this area."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion