Readings of the Vessantara Jataka (Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature)

By: Collins, Steven

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The Vessantara Jataka tells the story of Prince Vessantara, who attained the Perfection of Generosity by giving away his fortune, his children, and his wife. Vessantara was the penultimate rebirth as a human of the future Gotama Buddha, and his extreme charity has been represented and reinterpreted in texts, sermons, rituals, and art throughout South and Southeast Asia and beyond. This anthology features well-respected anthropologists, textual scholars in religious and Buddhist studies, and art historians, who engage in sophisticated readings of the text and its ethics of giving, understanding of attachment and nonattachment, depiction of the trickster, and unique performative qualities. They reveal the story to be as brilliantly layered as a Homeric epic or Shakespearean play, with aspects of tragedy, comedy, melodrama, and utopian fantasy intertwined to problematize and scrutinize Theravada Buddhism's cherished virtues.

Title: Readings of the Vessantara Jataka (Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature)

Author Name: Collins, Steven

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Columbia University Press: 3/29/2016

ISBN Number: 0231160399

ISBN Number 13: 9780231160391

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: M0231160399Z2