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Article: The Self-immolation of Kalanos and other Luminous Encounters among Greeks and Indian Buddhists in the Hellenistic world.

TitleThe Self-immolation of Kalanos and other Luminous Encounters among Greeks and Indian Buddhists in the Hellenistic world.
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherOxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ocbs.org/journal
Citation
Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 2015, v. 8, p. 163-186 How to Cite?
AbstractThis work is a revisionist reading on the impact of the historical meeting of Alexandrian philosophers with Indian ascetics in Gandhāra during the far eastern campaigns of Alexandros of Macedonia (356–323 BCE). A comparative re-examination of Greek and Indian sources yields new evidence that situates the religious identity of the Indian gymnosophist Kalanos in early ascetic traditions of Buddhism in NW India that upheld the practice of ritual suicide by immolation on specific occasions during the later part of the fourth century BCE. It supports previous research on the Hellenistic period that philosophically links Pyrrhon of Elis (c. 360–c. 270 BCE) with Indian Buddhism through his encounters with Kalanos and on the basis of shared soteriological conceptions and practices.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210862
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dc.contributor.authorHalkias, GT-
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-23T05:57:05Z-
dc.date.available2015-06-23T05:57:05Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, 2015, v. 8, p. 163-186-
dc.identifier.issn2047-1076-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210862-
dc.description.abstractThis work is a revisionist reading on the impact of the historical meeting of Alexandrian philosophers with Indian ascetics in Gandhāra during the far eastern campaigns of Alexandros of Macedonia (356–323 BCE). A comparative re-examination of Greek and Indian sources yields new evidence that situates the religious identity of the Indian gymnosophist Kalanos in early ascetic traditions of Buddhism in NW India that upheld the practice of ritual suicide by immolation on specific occasions during the later part of the fourth century BCE. It supports previous research on the Hellenistic period that philosophically links Pyrrhon of Elis (c. 360–c. 270 BCE) with Indian Buddhism through his encounters with Kalanos and on the basis of shared soteriological conceptions and practices.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ocbs.org/journal-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies-
dc.titleThe Self-immolation of Kalanos and other Luminous Encounters among Greeks and Indian Buddhists in the Hellenistic world. -
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHalkias, GT: halkias@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHalkias, GT=rp01848-
dc.identifier.hkuros243629-
dc.identifier.volume8-
dc.identifier.spage163-
dc.identifier.epage186-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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