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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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Abstract

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
Copyright Statement: All translations posted by 84000 are under Creative Commons License 3.0. In the spirit of Creative Commons, we ask that those who access 84000 translations kindly cite 84000 as the source in their attributions. Additionally, we ask that the translations provided by 84000 are not used for any commercial purposes.
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 18:50
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23139

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