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Handsome Nanda

Postby Kusala » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:18 pm

Nanda has it all—youth, money, good looks and a kittenish wife who fulfils his sexual and emotional needs. He also has the Buddha, a dispassionate man of immense insight and self-containment, for an older brother. When Nanda is made a reluctant recruit to the Buddha’s order of monks, he is forced to confront his all-too-human enslavement to his erotic and romantic desires. Dating from the second century CE, Handsome Nanda portrays its hero’s spiritual makeover with compassion, psychological profundity and great poetic skill.


Today I comprehend that men who leave behind their weeping sweethearts to practise asceticism—and those who have done so in the past, and those who will do so in the future—they are doing something very difficult indeed, and so it was in the past and will be in the future. There is no bond in the world, whether of wood, fibre or iron, as solid as this bond—teasing words and a face with fluttering eyes!


http://www.claysanskritlibrary.org/Hand ... -v-43.html
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Homage to the Buddha
Thus indeed, is that Blessed One: He is the Holy One, fully enlightened, endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the Knower of the worlds, the incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed.

Homage to the Teachings
The Dhamma of the Blessed One is perfectly expounded; to be seen here and now; not delayed in
time; inviting one to come and see; onward leading (to Nibbana); to be known by the wise, each for himself.
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Re: Handsome Nanda

Postby Kusala » Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:05 pm

Hello Dhamma friends. I came across a review link... http://middlestage.blogspot.com/2008/10 ... oshas.html

Poetry as Medicine in Ashvaghosha’s Handsome Nanda

"This vivid and beautiful “conversion narrative” is both a story and a sermon; both a paean to sensual pleasure and a bitter denunciation of the deceptions of sense experience; both a work of literature—rich in metaphor, poetic language, and dramatic counterpoint—and yet an attack on literature from within.

The protagonist of the story, Nanda, is a handsome and pleasure-loving prince, a scion of the king of the Shakyas. Handsome Nanda has an equally gorgeous wife, Sundari; he is also a half-brother of the Buddha, “the Realised One”, who is creating a tumult across India with his revelatory perception of the nature of human suffering..."

"...As Nanda makes himself presentable and leaves, we are given this matchless description of a man giddy with indecision and then another who has conquered his own self:

Reverence for the Buddha drew him on, love for his wife drew him back again...Kept back by his passion for love, and drawn forward by his attachment to dharma...Then on the road he saw him of the ten powers, free from pride even in his father’s city, and with all arrogance similarly gone, stopping everywhere and being worshipped like Indra’s banner in a procession..."
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Homage to the Buddha
Thus indeed, is that Blessed One: He is the Holy One, fully enlightened, endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the Knower of the worlds, the incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed.

Homage to the Teachings
The Dhamma of the Blessed One is perfectly expounded; to be seen here and now; not delayed in
time; inviting one to come and see; onward leading (to Nibbana); to be known by the wise, each for himself.
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