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Two Buddhists, two jackals and a flying stupa : examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā

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Jain narratives, with their instructive tendency, often point out the rights and wrongs by referring critically to other traditions. The satirical narrative Dharmaparīkṣā, by the Digambara monk Amitagati, written at the beginning of the 11th century, does this explicitly as it criticises Jainism’s opponents through narrative. Although this work emphasises the faults and flaws of the Purāṇic tradition, some space is also reserved for Buddhists. They appear as characters in one of the sub-stories of the Dharmaparīkṣā and are explicitly attacked at the end of the text. This paper will discuss in detail what is said about Buddhists in the Dharmaparīkṣā and why it is so important to mention them in a text that was composed when Buddhism was already declining in India. I will show that, by opposing Buddhists, Amitagati puts them within the philosophically relevant world for the Digambara Jain community, and that his characterisation of them reveals more about his own community than about Buddhists themselves.

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De Jonckheere, Heleen. “Two Buddhists, Two Jackals and a Flying Stupa : Examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā.” Puṣpikā V : Tracing Ancient India, through Texts and Traditions : Contributions to Current Research in Indology, vol. 5, 2019.
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De Jonckheere, H. (2019). Two Buddhists, two jackals and a flying stupa : examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā. In Puṣpikā V : tracing ancient India, through texts and traditions : contributions to current research in Indology (Vol. 5).
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De Jonckheere, Heleen. 2019. “Two Buddhists, Two Jackals and a Flying Stupa : Examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā.” In Puṣpikā V : Tracing Ancient India, through Texts and Traditions : Contributions to Current Research in Indology. Vol. 5.
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De Jonckheere, Heleen. 2019. “Two Buddhists, Two Jackals and a Flying Stupa : Examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā.” In Puṣpikā V : Tracing Ancient India, through Texts and Traditions : Contributions to Current Research in Indology. Vol. 5.
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De Jonckheere H. Two Buddhists, two jackals and a flying stupa : examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā. In: Puṣpikā V : tracing ancient India, through texts and traditions : contributions to current research in Indology. 2019.
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H. De Jonckheere, “Two Buddhists, two jackals and a flying stupa : examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā,” in Puṣpikā V : tracing ancient India, through texts and traditions : contributions to current research in Indology, vol. 5, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Jain narratives, with their instructive tendency, often point out the rights and wrongs
by referring critically to other traditions. The satirical narrative Dharmaparīkṣā, by
the Digambara monk Amitagati, written at the beginning of the 11th century, does
this explicitly as it criticises Jainism’s opponents through narrative. Although this
work emphasises the faults and flaws of the Purāṇic tradition, some space is also
reserved for Buddhists. They appear as characters in one of the sub-stories of the
Dharmaparīkṣā and are explicitly attacked at the end of the text. This paper will
discuss in detail what is said about Buddhists in the Dharmaparīkṣā and why it is
so important to mention them in a text that was composed when Buddhism was
already declining in India. I will show that, by opposing Buddhists, Amitagati puts
them within the philosophically relevant world for the Digambara Jain community,
and that his characterisation of them reveals more about his own community than
about Buddhists themselves.},
  author       = {De Jonckheere, Heleen},
  booktitle    = {Puṣpikā V : tracing ancient India, through texts and traditions : contributions to current research in Indology},
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  language     = {eng},
  series       = {Puṣpikā},
  title        = {Two Buddhists, two jackals and a flying stupa : examination of the Buddhists in the Jain Dharmaparīkṣā},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2019},
}