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Unformatted text preview: History of Asian Religions Essay #2: Buddhism Reread the posted selections from Avaghoa's [Ashvaghosha's] Buddhacarita, The Life of the Buddha and the posted stories of the bodhisattva [P. bodhisatta] as the Monkey King and as Prince Vessantara. According to one comment on his traditional biographies, the Buddha was central to the tradition "as a human, as a teacher, and as a being with many attributes of divinity." Compose a brief essay in which you discuss and give examples of these different representations of the Buddha in these texts. This essay is based on the idea that the life of the Buddha, as it is remembered in Buddhist texts, is not a record of historical events but a way of communicating Buddhist concepts, views, and attitudes. In planning your essay, consider the following questions: Why does the Buddhacarita insist that he was human? Why couldn't he just have been a god?...
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- Fall '09