Thread: On the Buddha's Use of Some Brahmanical Motifs in Pali Texts

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    On the Buddha's Use of Some Brahmanical Motifs in Pali Texts

    I came across this article in volume 6 of the journal of the UK Oxford Centre of Buddhist studies - and thought I'd post it here:

    "On the Buddha's Use of Some Brahmanical Motifs in Pali Texts" by Brett Shults.

    http://jocbs.org/index.php/jocbs/issue/archive




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    Prior to Asoka, it's a fascinating and difficult and oft-stalled effort to parse out the developments, the contexts, the points being made, the allusions, the whole shebang of this 'Indian imaginaire' & the Dhamma showing up there.

    The assumed extent to which an arahant/the Buddha was still hemmed in by socio-cultural context is here given a bit of a jostle. A devoted & sincere monastic two centuries down the line would see all this in a very distinct way, as Asoka set about supporting the Sangha etc.

    What made it into the texts because it was "obvious"?

    Much to ponder.

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