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End of Life of Buddha notes

End of Life of Buddha notes - 99 Nāgas Divine serpents 101...

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Notes on the end of the Life of the Buddha These are the final three chapters of A ś vagho a’s Buddhacarita or Life of the Buddha . The Sanskrit original of this part of the Life of the Buddha has been lost, but the text was preserved in Tibetan and in Chinese translations. E. H. Johnston’s translation is based primarily on the Tibetan translation. xxvi 2. “Law” is Johnston’s translation of dharma . 5. The “twice-born,” that is, the brahmin. 6. Ś r ī ghana “mass of glory” (or the like), an epithet of the Buddha. 10f. In the S āṃ khya system, the human being is a mix of darkness (signifying ignorance and lethargy), passion, and goodness. After examining it in the light of the Buddha’s teaching, Subhadra decides that this system offers no hope of “salvation” or release. 26. Pr ā timok a is the monastic discipline. 83. “mutual union,” that is, a permanent union with another being. 99. N ā gas. Divine serpents.
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Unformatted text preview: 99. Nāgas. Divine serpents. 101. King Vaiśravaṇa is the god Kubera. 102. Śuddhādhivāsa deities are the deities of the “pure abodes,” very high heavens. 104. mdaṅgas and paṭahas are kinds of drums. xxvii 53. Mallas. The peoples of the area in which the Buddha died. xxviii 28. Śiśupāla was one of the enemies of Kṣṇa in the Mahābhārata. 30. The “wrathful seer” is Paraśu Rāma, “Rāma with the Axe,” one of the avatars of Viṣṇu, who wiped out the destructive class of kṣatriyas or “warriors.” This is a different Rāma from the Rāma of the Rāmāyaṇa . 31. The Daitya or “demon” is here Rāvaṇa. 63. The great king Aśoka Maurya ruled from 304-232 BCE. He became a Buddhist and did much to spread and to institutionalize Buddhism. 74. Sāketa is the city of Ayodhyā, the city where Rāma was supposed to have ruled....
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