June 9, 2018

Aśvaghoṣa: Author of Buddhacarita

During the 1st century of the Common Era, there was a great scholar born in Ayodhya, who had mastered various Sanskrit texts, different philosophies and held a tremendous power of debate. And he had severe dislike for Buddhists. He would go around to all Buddhist monasteries in North India and ask for a debate with the head of the place. His reputation and proficiency in debate was so legendary and so feared that most Buddhist monasteries stopped striking the bell inside their temple, for fear that the sound will attract him and invite a verbal duel. As this uncomfortable situation…
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