Handsome Nanda

Handsome Nanda

Clay Sanskrit Library

Translated by Linda Covill and Ashvaghosa

Published by: NYU Press

387 pages, 4.50 x 6.50 in

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814716830
  • Published: November 2007

$24.00

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Nanda has it all:  youth, money, good looks and a kittenish wife who fulfills his sexual and emotional needs. He also has the Buddha, a dispassionate man of immense insight and self-containment, for an older brother. When Nanda is made a reluctant recruit to the Buddha's order of monks, he is forced to confront his all-too-human enslavement to his erotic and romantic desires. Dating from the second century CE, Ashva·ghosha’s Handsome Nanda portrays its hero’s spiritual makeover with compassion, psychological profundity, and great poetic skill.

Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation

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