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Titre du document / Document title

Indian Buddhism and the kāvya literature: Asvaghosa's Saundaranandakavya

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

HONDA Yoshichika ;

Résumé / Abstract

Asvaghosa's Saundaranandakāvya is a work of which theme is a legend of the conversion of a reluctant man called Nanda, the Buddha's half-brother. Asvaghosa claims that, on account of the attractiveness and popularity ofkāvya, he uses the kāvya style as a mere means for Buddhist teachings. At the end of the work he says "This poem, dealing thus with the subject of Salvation has been written in the Kavya style, not to give pleaseure, but to further the attainment of tranquillity and with the intention of capturing hearers devoted to other things. For, that I have handled other subjects in it besides Salvation is in accordance with the laws of Kavya poetry to make it palatable, as sweet is put into a bitter medicine to make it drinkable." (Saundaranandakavya XVIII. 63, Johnston's translation). Generally speaking, scholars on Sanskrit literature have concentrated on the first half of the work, in which the authour describes Nanda's married life in detail, Buddhist scholars, on the other hand, have mainly studied on the second half, in which we find a lot of Buddhist doctrines and ascetic practices. Few studies have thus ever tried to understand the Saundaranandakāvya as a unitary work. In this paper, through the examination of "the laws of Kavya poetry" (kāvyadharma) in the above quote, I maitain that the Saundaranandakāvya should be conceived as a unitary work which, though composed in the kāvya style, has practical pourposes in Buddhism.

Revue / Journal Title

Hiroshima Daigaku Daigakuin Bungaku Kenkyuuka ronshuu    ISSN  1347-7013 

Source / Source

2004, vol. 64, pp. 17-26 [10 page(s) (article)] (12 ref.)

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Hiroshima University, Faculty of Letters, Hiroshima, JAPON  (2001) (Revue)

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords





Littérature kavya






Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 25221, 35400012622958.0020

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