By Jonathan A. Silk

ISBN-10: 0824830903

ISBN-13: 9780824830908

Riven via Lust explores the story of a guy accused of inflicting the elemental schism in early Indian Buddhism, yet no longer prior to he has intercourse along with his mom and kills his father. In tracing this Indian Buddhist Oedipal story, Jonathan Silk follows it via texts in the entire significant canonical languages of Buddhism, Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, chinese language, and eastern, alongside the way in which noting parallels and contrasts with classical and medieval eu tales resembling the legend of the Oedipal Judas. at the same time, he investigates the mental and anthropological understandings of the story of mother-son incest in gentle of up to date mental and anthropological understandings of incest, with precise awareness to the query of why we ponder it one of the worst of crimes. In trying to know the way the tale labored in Indian texts and for Indian audiences--as good as the way it may well paintings for contemporary readers--this publication has either horizontal and vertical dimensions, probing where of the Oedipal in Indian tradition, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, and at the same time framing the Indian Oedipal inside of broader human issues, thereby contributing to the examine of the heritage of Buddhism, the transmission of narratives within the historic global, and the elemental nature of 1 point of human sexuality. ranging from a quick reference in a polemical treatise, Riven via Lust demonstrates that its authors borrowed and deliberately tailored a preexisting tale of an Oedipal antihero. This recasting allowed them to calumniate their competitors within the most powerful attainable phrases during the rhetoric of homicide and incest. Silk attracts on a wide selection of resources to illustrate the diversity of considering incest in Indian Buddhist tradition, thereby uncovering the techniques and dealing equipment of the traditional polemicists. He argues that Indian Buddhists and Hindus, whereas occupying a similar global for the main half, inspiration another way approximately primary concerns resembling incest, and tricks on the consequent necessity of a reappraisal of our notions of the form of the traditional cultural sphere they shared. Provocative and cutting edge, Riven through Lust is a paradigmatic research of an immense subject of global mythology and a sign contribution to the examine of the background of incest and comparative sexualities. it is going to allure readers drawn to Buddhism, Indian experiences, Asian experiences, comparative tradition, mythology, psychology, and the heritage of sexuality.

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When 28 Riven by Lust they reached the middle of the woods, he said: “Dad, take the reins. The oxen will go [by themselves as if they were] aware of the goad. Robbers dwell in these parts. ” And giving the reins into his father’s hands, he alit. As he went away, he made noises, producing a yell like [a band of] robbers. ” Making the robbers’ yell, he beat his parents who were crying out to him like that, and killed them, throwing [their bodies] into the forest and going home. This version is presented without ambiguity: in a former life the great monk Mahâ-Moggallâna, one of the chief disciples of the Buddha, renowned for his magical powers as well as his wisdom, murdered his parents deliberately, in cold blood, and with premeditation.

And this is precisely what general Buddhist doctrine would lead us to expect. Once the offender has died, he serves his time in hell, which the text mentions here quite routinely, and then, thanks to a mere (or we had better say, crucial) positive mental state at the time of his death in hell, our The Buddhist Context of Sin 35 antihero the matricide manages to be reborn in one of the highest realms of transmigration, whence he is able to hear the Buddha preach and steadfastly set out himself on the correct path.

27 Now, our texts never raise against Mahâdeva the charge of the destruction of a stûpa. The scholastic tradition, however, extends the entire list of five sins of immediate retribution by means of a new set of equivalences. Conforming to its systemic and systematizing The Buddhist Context of Sin 25 nature, immediately following its discussion of the five sins of immediate retribution the Abhidharmakoùabhâ∂ya asks:28 Is it only through [one of] the sins of immediate retribution that one is necessarily reborn in the hells?

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