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Author Ray, Reginald A.
Title Buddhist saints in India : a study in Buddhist values and orientations / Reginald A. Ray.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.

Subject Buddhist saints.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 508 pages)
Note Originally published: 1994.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 448-467) and index.
Contents Conventions; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Buddhist Saints and the Two-Tiered Model of Buddhism; 2. Buddha Saakyamuni as a Saint; 3. Saints of the Theragatha and Therigatha4. Some Orthodox Saints in Buddhism; 5. Saints Criticized and Condemned; 6. Cults of Arhants; 7. The Solitary Saint, the Pratyekabuddha; 8. Bodhisattva Saints of the Forest in Mahayana Sutras; 9. Ascetic Traditions of Buddhist Saints; 10. The Buddhist Saints and the Stupa; 11. The Cult of Saints and Buddhist Doctrines of Absence and Presence; 12. The Buddhist Saints and the Process of Monasticization.
Summary 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 identify the "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 sain.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780198023630 (electronic bk.)
0198023634 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 435942082
Additional Format Print version: Ray, Reginald A. Buddhist saints in India. New York : Oxford University Press, 1999 0195134834 9780195134834 (OCoLC)44624597