Sugata Saurabha An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya by Todd T. Lewis

Sugata Saurabha An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya

byTodd T. Lewis, Subarna Man Tuladhar

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The Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem that retells the story of the Buddha's life. It was published in 1947 in the Nepalese language, Newari, by Chittadhar Hridaya, one of the greatest literary figures of 20th-century Nepal. The text is remarkable for its comprehensiveness, artistry, andnuance. It covers the Buddha's life from birth to death and conveys his basic teachings with simple clarity. It is also of interest because, where the classical sources are silent, Hridaya inserts details of personal life and cultural context that are Nepalese. The effect is to humanize thefounder and add the texture of real life. A third point of interest is the modernist perspective that underlies the author's manner of retelling this great spiritual narrative. This rendering, in a long line of accounts of the Buddha's life dating back almost 2,000 years, may be the last ever to be produced that conforms to the traditions of Indic classic poetry. It will not only appeal to scholars of Buddhism but will find use in courses that introduce students to thelife of the Buddha.

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Todd T. Lewis is Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Subarna Man Tuladhar is Director of Studies at Nepal Administrative Staff College.
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Title:Sugata Saurabha An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar HridayaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.18 inPublished:January 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Sugata AurabhaChittadhar Hrdaya: 1. Lumbini2. Family Tree3. Nativity4. Mother5. A Pleasant Childhood6. Education7. Marriage8. The Great Renunciation9. Yashodhara10. Attaining Enlightenment11. The Basic Teaching12. The Blessed One in Kapilavastu13. Handsome Nanda14. The Great Lay Disciple15. Twleve Years of Itinerant Preaching16. A Dispute over Water17. The Monastery Built by Vishakha18. Devadatta's Sacrilege19. Entry into NirvanaPart II: Perspectives for Understanding Sugata Saurabha1. The Life of the Buddha: Previous Accounts in the Buddhist Textual Tradition2. The Kavya Sanskrit Poety Traditions and the Indic Aesthetic Tradition3. The Nepalese Context and Newar Cultural Traditions4. Chittadhar Hrdaya: A Literary Biography of His Formative Years5. Domestication of Newar Traditions in Sugata Saurabha as Those of the Ancient Shakyas6. The Modern Confluence of Buddhism inthe Kathmandu Valley: Reformist Theravada and Traditional Mahayana7. Buddhist Doctrinal Emphases and Exposition8. The Spell of Idealizations and the Revitalization of Newar CivilizationBibliographyIndex