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Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature

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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 Buddhisms 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.

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"Cole felicitously combines humor and a light touch with seriousness and clarity. He is, to use one of his favorite words, a master of seduction, and is one of the best stylists in the field of Buddhist studies. "—John Strong, author of Relics of the Buddha

"In brilliant prose, Cole convinces us that we can deduce what kind of reader was imaginatively addressed by Mahayana sutras, showing us something of that elusive but crucial thing, religious subjectivity."—Angela Zito, New York University

About the Author

Alan Cole, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Lewis and Clark College, is author of Mothers and Sons in Chinese Buddhism (1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Text as Father

2. Whos Your Daddy Now? Reissued Paternity in the Lotus Sutra

3. The Domino Effect: Everyone and His Brother Convert to the Lotus Sutra 000

4. “Be All You Cant Be” and Other Gainful Losses in the Diamond Sutra

5. Sameness with a Difference in the Tathagatagarbha Sutra

6. Vimalakirti, or Why Bad Boys Finish First

Conclusion: A Cavalier Attitude toward Truth-Fathers

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520242760
Author:
Cole, Alan
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mahayana buddhism
Subject:
Paternalism
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Mahayana Buddhism -- Doctrines.
Subject:
Mahayana Buddhism -- Sacred books.
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Buddhisms
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
369
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.07 lb

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"Cole felicitously combines humor and a light touch with seriousness and clarity. He is, to use one of his favorite words, a master of seduction, and is one of the best stylists in the field of Buddhist studies. "—John Strong, author of Relics of the Buddha

"In brilliant prose, Cole convinces us that we can deduce what kind of reader was imaginatively addressed by Mahayana sutras, showing us something of that elusive but crucial thing, religious subjectivity."—Angela Zito, New York University

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