Author(s)Sugunasiri, Suwanda H J Sugunasiri
KeywordsBuddha as Pioneer in Literary Realsim
Literary Realism in the Canon
Buddha as inspiration for Post-Vedic Sanskrit Literature
Buddhist Literature in Classical Languagesl - Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan
Buddhist Literature in the East
Buddhist Literture in the West
Literary Mythicism vs Literary Realism
Mahaparinibbana Sutta as Novel
Mahamangala Sutta as Theatre
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AbstractWhile the paper is at an academic level, it is written in a way to be accessible to the average reader, Buddhist or other. It introduces a little known dimension of Buddhism, East or West.
Buddhism is a Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Science and so on. But, outside of the Academy, few are aware that it also has a rich literary history, dating back from the Buddha’s time itself, and later flowering within the various Inherited Buddhist traditions – Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, written in the Classical Buddhist languages of Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan, not to mention other languages - Burmese, Japanese, Korean, Sinhala (in Sri Lanka), Thai, Vietnamese, etc. Then there are increasingly the modern day works by Acquired Buddhists in Western Buddhism, either adaptations of classical works (such as Jàtaka (Birth) tales for children), novels, poetry, drama, etc. This paper explores how the Buddha introduces a literary realism in getting his message across, and how it has opened the sluice doors of creativity, resulting in a whole Buddhist literature lasting two and half millennia, across lands and oceans around the world. Additionally, we show how post-Vedic Sanskrit literature itself came to be influenced by the Buddha’s realism, diverging from an earlier Vedic literary mythicism .
This paper marked the Opener of the Buddhist Literary Festival, the first ever in Canada, on Sept. 24 2017 as part of Word on the Street Festival at the Toronto Harbourfront.
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