Mahādeva in Dunhuang

Mahādeva, the “Indian Oedipus”, is in some sources blamed for the initial schism between the two main branches of the early Buddhist sects, the Mahāsāṃghikas and the Sthaviras. In this paper I examine a version of the story of Mahādeva found in the Tibetan Dunhuang manuscript labelled IOL Tib J 26,...

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Published in:Indo-Iranian journal
Main Author: Borgland, Jens Wilhelm
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2016
In:Indo-Iranian journal
Year: 2016, Volume: 59, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-47
Further subjects:B Buddhism Dunhuang manuscripts Mahādeva vinaya Mūlasarvāstivāda schism
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Summary:Mahādeva, the “Indian Oedipus”, is in some sources blamed for the initial schism between the two main branches of the early Buddhist sects, the Mahāsāṃghikas and the Sthaviras. In this paper I examine a version of the story of Mahādeva found in the Tibetan Dunhuang manuscript labelled IOL Tib J 26, showing that it contains evidence supporting the hypothesis that this story reached Tibet through China. I further show that this Dunhuang manuscript contains an older version of the corresponding section in an early Tibetan history of Buddhism, Mkhas pa lde’u’s Rgya bod kyi chos ’byuṅ rgyas pa (“Extensive history of Buddhism in India and Tibet”).
ISSN:1572-8536
Contains:In: Indo-Iranian journal
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15728536-05901001