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dc.contributor.authorJones, Dhivan T.
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-20T15:34:07Z
dc.date.available2019-08-20T15:34:07Z
dc.date.issued2016-11
dc.identifier.citationJones, D. T. (2016). ‘That bhikkhu lets go both the near and far shores’: meaning and metaphor in the refrain from the uraga verses. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 11, 71–107en_US
dc.identifier.issn2047-1076
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/622523
dc.description.abstractThe uraga (‘serpent’) verses are some early Buddhist stanzas, preserved in different versions, each with the refrain (in Pāli at Sn vv.1–17) so bhikkhu jahāti orapāraṃ, urago jiṇṇam iva tacaṃ purāṇaṃ, ‘That bhikkhu lets go both the near and far shores, like a serpent its worn-out old skin’. The meaning of orapāra, ‘near and far shores’, has posed a problem for ancient and modern commentators, because according to the usual metaphor of ‘crossing the flood’ the bhikkhu lets go the ‘near shore’, which is saṃsāra, to reach the safety of the ‘far shore’, which is nirvāṇa. I discuss some commentarial and recent discussions of the refrain, before presenting two possible solutions to this problem: first in terms of the old binary cosmology, whereby the bhikkhu lets go the ‘near shore’ of this world and the ‘far shore’ of the other, and second in terms of the ‘stream of the Dharma’ metaphor, in which the bhikkhu lets go the ‘near shore’ of the subjective sense spheres and the ‘far shore’ of the objective sense spheres. I conclude with a consideration of metaphor in the uraga verses refrain, and how the refrain may be an example of early Buddhist non-dualism.en_US
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dc.publisherOxford Centre for Buddhist Studiesen_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://jocbs.org/index.php/jocbs/article/view/145en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.title‘That bhikkhu lets go both the near and far shores’: meaning and metaphor in the refrain from the uraga versesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studiesen_US
dc.date.accepted2016-10-04
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden_US
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-11-30
refterms.dateFCD2019-06-06T14:44:28Z
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refterms.dateFOA2019-08-27T08:14:37Z


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