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Buddhist Scriptures as Literature: Sacred Rhetoric and the Uses of Theory
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher State Univ of New York Pr
Publication date February 7, 2008
Pages 223
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780791473399
ISBN-10 0791473392
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $65.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Buddhist Scriptures as Literature explores the drama, lyricism, and compelling storylines in Buddhist sacred writings, while illustrating how rhetoric and ideology are at work in shaping readers reactions. Ralph Flores argues that the Buddha s life story itself follows an archetypal quest-romance pattern: regal surroundings are abandoned and the ensuing feats are heroic. The story can be read as an epic, but it also has a comic plot: confusions and trials until the Prince becomes utterly selfless, having found his true element nirvana. Making use of contemporary literary theory, Flores offers new readings of texts such as the Nik yas, the Dhammapada, the Heart Sutra, Zen koans, Shantideva s Way of the Bodhisattva, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Understanding these works as literature deepens our sense of the unfolding of their teachings, of their exuberant histories, and of their relevance for contemporary life."

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from State Univ of New York Pr (February 7, 2008)
9780791473399 | details & prices | 223 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $65.00
About: Buddhist Scriptures as Literature explores the drama, lyricism, and compelling storylines in Buddhist sacred writings, while illustrating how rhetoric and ideology are at work in shaping readers reactions.
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from State Univ of New York Pr (January 1, 2009)
9780791473405 | details & prices | 223 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.72 lbs | List price $26.95
About: Buddhist Scriptures as Literature explores the drama, lyricism, and compelling storylines in Buddhist sacred writings, while illustrating how rhetoric and ideology are at work in shaping readers reactions.

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