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Miracles of Book and BodyBuddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan$
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Charlotte Eubanks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520265615

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520265615.001.0001

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The Ontology of Sutras

The Ontology of Sutras

(p.19) One The Ontology of Sutras
Miracles of Book and Body

Charlotte Eubanks

University of California Press

This chapter studies the metafictional elements of sutras. It looks at how these elements work together to create presence and agency, and identifies the directives that serve as the sutras' authority when they ask their followers to accept, keep, recite, copy, read, worship, and explain them. The chapter also examines the ways that Mahāyāna sutras go across oral and written modes of discourse, move between visual and aural sense worlds, and maybe even halt different norms of ordinary Buddhist traditions.

Keywords:   metafictional elements, presence, agency, directives, modes of discourse, sense worlds, Buddhist traditions, norms, Mahāyāna sutras

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