The Life of the Buddha

The Life of the Buddha
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814762165
  • ISBN: 0814762166
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Publisher: New York University Press


Ashvaghosha, Olivelle, Patrick


The Buddhist monk Ashva-ghosha composed 'The Life of the Buddha' in the first or second century CE, probably in Ayodhya. A poet of the highest order, Ashva-ghosha's aim is not entertainment but instruction. In this text he includes descriptions of the bodies of courtesans meant to show the transcience of beauty.Ashvaghosha is the author of 'The Life of the Buddha', published 2008 under ISBN 9780814762165 and ISBN 0814762166.

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