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Liljenberg, Karen and Pagel, Ulrich, trans. (2016) Tōhoku 231 Śrīguptasūtra. 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha . pp. 1-24. (Forthcoming)

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The Śrīgupta sūtra is the story of a plot against the life of the Buddha. Śrīgupta, a wealthy young Jain disciple, at his guru's instigation invites the Buddha to lunch at his house in Rājagṛha, where he secretly prepares a fire-trap and a poisoned meal. The Buddha is aware of this, but proceeds to use the occasion as a demonstration of his invulnerability to harm through the power of his realization of the truth. He reassures his followers by relating stories of his previous lives as a chick, a hare, and a peacock, when he similarly vanquished fire and poison. Śrīgupta apologizes for his mistake, takes refuge, and receives the Buddha's teachings.

Item Type: Translations
Keywords: Buddhist Literature, Mahāyāna Sūtras, Tibetan Studies, Sanskrit Literature
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Buddhist Studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 18:50

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