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(英文版)戒律研究Vinaya Studies

(英文版)戒律研究Vinaya Studies

作者:Analayo

出版社: 法鼓文化

出版日期:2017年08月01日

語言:英文

系列別:法鼓文理學院論叢

規格:平裝 / 21x15 cm / 432頁 / 單色印刷

商品編號:1111180071

ISBN:9789575987541

定價:NT$450

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The present volume contains revised papers on topics related to Vinaya, thereby forming a companion volume to my collected papers with Dirgha-agama studies (2017b), Madhyama-agama studies (2012e), Samyukta-agama studies (2015e), and Ekottarika-agama studies (2016a).

Contents

I begin in the first chapter by exploring the legal significance of a breach of a parajika rule, arguing that this indeed entails a loss of communion with the Community of the four directions and needs to be differentiated from the question of residential rights in a particular monastery. I also examine the implications of the absence of the siksadattaka observance, recorded in several other Vinayas, from the Theravada Vinaya. The next three chapters are dedicated to the significance of Vinaya narrative. My main point here is to draw attention to the distinct nature of this type of text and its functioning as part of the overall educational project of Vinaya teachings, which inevitably circumscribes the use to which such literature can be put by the modern scholar. My concern is in particular to draw attention to the need to avoid the naive assumption that Vinaya stories are necessarily accurate records of what actually happened on the ground in Indian Buddhist monasticism.

The second and third chapters are based on narratives that come with the first and third parajika. These are the tales of Sudinna, who engaged in sexual intercourse with his former wife to ensure the continuity of his family lineage, and the story of how a recommendation by the Buddha of contemplation of the body as bereft of beauty led a substantial number of monks to engage in this practice with such lack of balance that they eventually committed suicide. In the course of attempting to understand the genesis of the dramatic tale of the mass suicide of monks I also explore the overlap that exists between discourse and Vinaya literature, which implies that Vinaya texts are best read in conjunction with the discourses, rather than on their own.