By Suwanda Sugunasiri
The e-book is comprised of essays, Buddhapujava in Sinhala Buddhism: textual content and important Analysis(PART I) and Arahant Mahinda as Redactor of the Buddhapujava and the Panca-, Atthanghika- and Dasa-silas (PART II), the second one an unforeseen outgrowth of the 1st. within the first paper, I search to narrate the fabric to their Canonical origins the place proper, making observe of any neighborhood diversifications which could have turn up within the neighborhood context through the years. To that volume, it's also a an anthropological research of a ritual in a given sociocultural context, either as a public in addition to a private ritual in a house atmosphere. total, then, the paper could be acknowledged to mirror 3 views: that of the tutorial, player observer and practitioner, rolled into one.
The severe examine of the textual content additionally started to convey me that the Buddhapujava was once no haphazard line-up of a chain of homage goods, yet that it had a worldly constitution. So the second one paper is my try to determine its writer.
This workout intended exploring either Indian in addition to Sri Lankan resources. in terms of the previous, it entailed Canonical and submit Canonical works, artwork historical past and chinese language Pilgrims reviews. on the subject of Sri Lanka, it was once paleological proof, and literary, basically the Mahavamsa, the nice Chronicle of the Sinhala humans recording the historical past from the very beginnings, particularly the founding of the race within the sixth c. BCE.
The exterior resources failing to supply any proof concerning the identification of authorship, it's a detailed method that is helping make the step forward. And this used to be by means of trying to establish the features of the Redactor/s, at the foundation of the textual content of the Buddhapuja itself. And this is often visible as a unique technique within the examine of faith for the uncovering and bringing to gentle the author(s) in the back of spiritual texts, scriptures and rituals, Buddhist or different.
the interior proof now corroborated through the exterior proof, my learn discovering used to be that Arahant Mahinda, who brought the Buddhadhamma to Sri Lanka, can be the Redactor of the Buddhapujava.
a stunning discovering used to be that the Sila Trio – the Panca-, Atthangika- and Dasa- Sila additionally emerge within the comparable procedure. unbelievable, because the untested and unchecked assumption, within the Sinhala Buddhist tradition, and that i presume in each Buddhist tradition, is they all needs to without doubt come from the Buddha himself. What the learn turns out to teach, notwithstanding, is that whereas the elements of the Sila Trio have certain Canonical origins, the systematizing of them by way of a hierarchy, and assigning the label Sila, is creative to the Arahant.
This research can also serve to problem what appears to be like a normal assumption, either within the academy and Indian circles - that each improvement regarding Buddhism, rather if historic, needs to be of Indian beginning. certainly if our findings have any validity, it provides one other laurel to Sinhala Buddhism for its ingenuity and creativity, and to the historic position performed through Sri Lanka in global Buddhism.
The publication ends with Appendices. Appendix I is the complete textual content of the Buddhapujava, in Pali, with a translation in English. provided that the Sila Trio additionally emerges within the context of the Buddhapujava, in Appendix II, I give you the complete textual content of the Panca, Atthangika and Dasa Sila, back with an English translation.
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