NONVIOLENCE CONSUMPTION AND COMMUNITY AMONG ANCIENT INDIAN ASCETICS

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Item Code: IDG090
Author: GAIL HINICH SUTHERLAND
Publisher: Indian Institute Of Advanced Study, Shimla
Language: English
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 818595240X
Pages: 78
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 130 gm
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About the Author:

GAIL HINICH SUTHERLAND is an American scholar who received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the History of Religious, specializing in the Religions of India. Previous publications include Disguises of the Demon: The Development of the Yaksa in Hinduism and Buddhism and "Bija and Kshetra: Niyoga or Male Surrogacy in Ancient India." She is currently Associate Professor of Asian Religious and a member of the women's and Gender Studies faculty at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.

CONTENTS

Renunciation and Food1
Mendicancy and Ahimsa6
Ahimsa and Ethical Materialism7
The Fasting of the Buddha10
Jain Mendicant Texts on Fasting and Asceticism13
Alms Gathering along the Middle Path16
From Paribbajaka to Bhikkhu20
The Buddha Transcends Asceticism and Shares Food22
CONCLUSIONS
Mendicants and Householders26
THE POLITICS OF AHIMSA
Introduction: Ahimsa as a Universal Moral Principle38
The Social, Religious, and Political Roots of Ahimsa41
The Counter-Sacrificial Significance of Ahimsa46
Warfare and Farming52
The Post-Mendicant Construction of 'Violence'57
NOTES62
Abbreviations69
Bibliography71

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