By Suwanda Sugunasiri
The e-book is made out 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 cloth to their Canonical origins the place correct, making observe of any neighborhood diversifications that can have happen within the neighborhood context through the years. To that quantity, it's also a an anthropological examine of a ritual in a given sociocultural context, either as a public in addition to a private ritual in a house surroundings. total, then, the paper will be acknowledged to mirror 3 views: that of the tutorial, player observer and practitioner, rolled into one.
The severe research of the textual content additionally started to convey me that the Buddhapujava was once no haphazard line-up of a sequence of homage goods, yet that it had a cosmopolitan constitution. So the second one paper is my try and determine its writer.
This workout intended exploring either Indian in addition to Sri Lankan assets. relating to the previous, it entailed Canonical and submit Canonical works, paintings historical past and chinese language Pilgrims studies. in terms of Sri Lanka, it was once paleological proof, and literary, essentially the Mahavamsa, the nice Chronicle of the Sinhala humans recording the background from the very beginnings, particularly the founding of the race within the sixth c. BCE.
The exterior assets failing to supply any facts relating the identification of authorship, it's a targeted method that is helping make the step forward. And this used to be via trying to establish the features of the Redactor/s, at the foundation of the textual content of the Buddhapuja itself. And this is often obvious as a unique technique within the learn of faith for the uncovering and bringing to mild the author(s) at the back of non secular texts, scriptures and rituals, Buddhist or different.
the interior facts now corroborated by means of the exterior facts, my examine discovering used to be that Arahant Mahinda, who brought the Buddhadhamma to Sri Lanka, can be the Redactor of the Buddhapujava.
a shocking discovering used to be that the Sila Trio – the Panca-, Atthangika- and Dasa- Sila additionally emerge within the similar procedure. spectacular, because the untested and unchecked assumption, within the Sinhala Buddhist tradition, and that i presume in each Buddhist tradition, is they all needs to definitely come from the Buddha himself. What the study turns out to teach, despite the fact that, is that whereas the parts 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 examine can also serve to problem what looks a basic assumption, either within the academy and Indian circles - that each improvement concerning Buddhism, rather if historic, needs to be of Indian foundation. certainly if our findings have any validity, it provides one other laurel to Sinhala Buddhism for its ingenuity and creativity, and to the old position performed via Sri Lanka in global Buddhism.
The publication ends with Appendices. Appendix I is the full 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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Arahant Mahinda - Redactor of the Buddhapujava in Sinhala Buddhism by Suwanda Sugunasiri