Monthly Archives: May 2014

Is Buddhist renunciation solitary? Reflections on Shayne Clarke’s new book

I have been thinking a lot about early Buddhist models of renunciation recently. This is partly because of my interest in pratyekabuddhas, who are understood to be ‘solitary’ Buddhas (see previous blog posts), and partly because it is a constant … Continue reading

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The Buddha’s thoughts on the benefits of housework

I am back working on the Avadānaśataka and have been smiling at the frame story for number 38. The scene is as follows: Anāthapiṇḍada, we are told, usually sweeps the Jeta Grove, but one day he is distracted and does … Continue reading

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