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Sugata SaurabhaAn Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya$
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Todd T. Lewis and Subarna Man Tuladhar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.001.0001

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Attaining Enlightenment

Attaining Enlightenment

(p.167) 10 Attaining Enlightenment
Sugata Saurabha

Todd Lewis (Contributor Webpage)

Subarna Tuladhar

Oxford University Press

This chapter goes back to the day after the prince's departure. From this chapter onward the poet describes Siddhārtha in accordance with Buddhist norms. He recounts his wandering and begging, then an encounter he has with a brahmin under the patronage of King Bimbasāra. The king ignores the brahmin and is drawn into conversation with the young ascetic. Siddhārtha studies with two teachers, but their methods leave him short of the goal. He seeks truth through fasting, but after five years breaks it off as he nears death. He meditates under the Bo‐tree in Gāya where he conquered Māra, the embodiment of temptation. Chittadhar has not depicted Māra as a supernatural being; the season of spring is Māra's army and his flowers and birds serve as “weapons.” Finally, enlightenment dawns on Siddhārtha, and he reaches a state of understanding that is not lost or undone by death.

Keywords:   Siddhārtha, King Bimbasāra, brahmin, Bodhisattva, Māra, enlightenment, ascetic, Buddhist

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