A Few Good Men: The Bodhisattva Path According to the Inquiry of Ugra (Ugraparipṛcchā) : a Study and Translation
University of Hawai'i Press, 2003 - Religion - 383 pages
A Few Good Men is a study and translation of The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugrapariprccha), one of the most influential Mahayana sutras on the bodhisattva path, but also one of the most neglected texts in Western treatments of Buddhism. To achieve a better understanding of the universe of ideas, activities, and institutional structures within which early self-proclaimed bodhisattvas lived, the author first considers the Ugra as a literary document, employing new methodological tools to examine the genre to which it belongs, the age of its extant versions, and their relationships to one another. She goes on to challenge the dominant notions that the Mahayana emerged as a "reform" of earlier Buddhism and offered lay people an "easier option."
A Few Good Men will be compelling reading for scholars and practitioners alike and others interested in the history of Indian Buddhism and the formation of Mahayana.
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THE FORMATION OF THE INQUIRY OF UGRA
THE INSTITUTIONAL SETTING
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Ananda appears Arhat Arhatship Asta attain AvalokiteSvara AY and Dh AY or Dh bhiksu BHSD Blessed bodhicitta bodhisattva path bodhisattva who lives bring forth three Buddha Buddhahood Buddhist community Buddhist literature Buddhist texts canon century Chapter Chinese translations citation cited in Siks Conze cultivation Dbhv Dharma Dharmaraksa discussion dwell Eminent Householder example extant versions fact four grhapati Hirakawa home should bring householder bodhisattva Indian text Inquiry of Ugra interpolations Kumarajiva lay bodhisattva lives at home Lotus Sutra Mahayana sutras Maitreya means meditation mind monastery monastic community monk Nikaya occurs offers one's Pali parinirvana passage Perfection of Wisdom portrayed practice practitioner Prakrit pratyekabuddha precepts Ratnakuta recensions reference religious renunciant bodhisattva Sakurabe Sangha Sanskrit Schopen scriptures simply skandhas sources sramana sravaka stupa Tathagata term three thoughts Tibetan Tibetan text Tibetan version traditional Triskandhaka Ugra Ugra's authors underlying vehicle Vinaya wilderness wilderness-dwelling word