Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Speaking for BuddhasScriptural Commentary in Indian Buddhism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard Nance

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152303

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152303.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Models of Instruction

Models of Instruction

Preachers Perfect and Imperfect

Chapter:
(p.45) Two Models of Instruction
Source:
Speaking for Buddhas
Author(s):

Richard F. Nance

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152303.003.0002

This chapter discusses teaching as characterized in Buddhist texts and as undertaken by those who intend to convey those texts authoritatively. It examines the normative and historical elements of the Buddhist preacher—a figure constantly associated with the transmission of Buddhist teaching from generation to generation. In the first part, the chapter considers important portraits of this Buddhist preacher drawn in Buddhist sūtras and śāstras. These portraits explain the preacher's pedagogical competence in terms of four discriminations: dharma, things, expression, and eloquence. The latter part aims to present how idealized portraits of teachers painted in texts may have complied—and sometimes failed to comply—with the practices of those outside the texts who would shape and be shaped by them.

Keywords:   Buddhist texts, Buddhist preacher, Buddhist teaching, sūtras, śāstras

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .