[BOOKS] ⚣ Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature (Buddhisms) Author Alan Cole – Varanus.us

Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature (Buddhisms)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.

[BOOKS] ⚣ Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature (Buddhisms) Author Alan Cole – Varanus.us
  • Hardcover
  • 369 pages
  • Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature (Buddhisms)
  • Alan Cole
  • English
  • 03 December 2019
  • 9780520242760

    15 thoughts on “[BOOKS] ⚣ Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature (Buddhisms) Author Alan Cole – Varanus.us


  1. says:

    This is definitely a very useful book for scholars in Chinese Buddhism Well, Mahayana in general Interplays of text and religiosity is one of the crucial ways to study how a certain form of religiosity emerge under certain social circumstances That being said, I lost interest as reading the first few chapters because I already agree with him and I can fill in the evidence myself I know all the sutras myself There s definitely room for improvement...


  2. says:

    Glugh Ugh A careful and often insightful reading of the Lotus, Tathagatagarbha, Diamond, and Vimalakirtinirdesa some of the most important MY scriptures in Chinese Buddhism, and especially in the prehistory of the development of Chan Against other Buddhologists whom he claims read these texts solely to extract fine philosophical points e.g., former translators of these works like Thurman, Watson , AC reads these sutras as literature as stories with characters, plots, settings, and beginnings, middles, and ends, but also as textual objects with authors and readers and illuminates what work they do and how they work Key to the endeavor of creating what AC considers an unprecedented literary tradition is the authors productions of paternity, or a presumed unchanging essence that derives from and inheres through a lineage What the new tradition attempts to perform is to smash old lineages and forms of truth out of traditional mainstream Buddhism devastatingly in order to create allegiances to texts and, in turn, new textualized traditions I especially found the last chapter useful AC re reads emptiness, compassion, Buddhahood and skillful means not as doctrinal nuggets but as structural elements that move a narrative forward and imp...

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