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Legend of King Asoka: A Study And Translation Of Asokavadana

Price : $18.75
ISBN # : 9788120806160
Author : John S. Strong
pages: 336
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2008

This first English translation of the Asokavadana text, the Sanskrit version of the legend of King Asoka, first written in the second century A.D. Emperor of India during the third century B.C. and one of the most important rulers in the history of Buddhism. Asoka has hitherto been studied in the West primarily from his edicts and rock inscriptions in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. Through an extensive critical essay and a fluid translation, John Strong examines the importance of the Asoka of the legends for our overall understanding of Buddhism.

Professor Strong contrasts the text with the Pali traditions about Kind Asoka and discusses the Buddhist view of kingship, the relationship of the state and the Buddhist community, the king�s role in relating his kingdom to the person of the Buddha, and the connection between merit making, cosmology, and Buddhist doctrine. An appendix provides summaries of other stories about Asoka.

John S. Strong is Professor of Religion at Bates College.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 01 August, 2006.
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