Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms: by Shayne Clarke

By Shayne Clarke

Scholarly and well known consensus has painted an image of Indian Buddhist monasticism within which priests and nuns severed all ties with their households after they left domestic for the non secular lifestyles. during this view, priests and nuns remained celibate, and those that faltered of their “vows” of monastic celibacy have been instantly and irrevocably expelled from the Buddhist Order. This romanticized photograph is predicated mostly at the ascetic rhetoric of texts comparable to the Rhinoceros Horn Sutra. via a learn of Indian Buddhist legislations codes (vinaya), Shayne Clarke dehorns the rhinoceros, revealing that during their very own felony narratives, faraway from renouncing familial ties, Indian Buddhist writers take without any consideration the truth that clergymen and nuns may stay in touch with their families.

The imaginative and prescient of the monastic existence that emerges from Clarke's shut interpreting of monastic legislation codes demanding situations a few of our most elementary scholarly notions of what it intended to be a Buddhist monk or nun in India round the flip of the typical period. not just can we see thick narratives depicting clergymen and nuns carrying on with to have interaction and go along with their households, yet a few are defined as leaving domestic for the non secular lifestyles with their young ones, and a few as married monastic undefined. Clarke argues that renunciation with or as a kinfolk is tightly woven into the very textile of Indian Buddhist renunciation and monasticisms.

Surveying the nonetheless mostly uncharted terrain of Indian Buddhist monastic legislation codes preserved in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and chinese language, Clarke offers a entire, pan-Indian photograph of Buddhist monastic attitudes towards kinfolk. while students have usually assumed that monastic Buddhism has to be anti-familial, he demonstrates that those assumptions have been basically no longer shared through the authors/redactors of Indian Buddhist monastic legislation codes. In hard us to reassess a few of our such a lot loved assumptions bearing on Indian Buddhist monasticisms, he presents a foundation to reconsider later varieties of Buddhist monasticism reminiscent of these present in significant Asia, Kaśmīr, Nepal, and Tibet no longer by way of corruption and decline yet of continuity and improvement of a monastic or renunciant excellent that we've got but to appreciate fully.

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