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Vedism and Buddhism by Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar

July 31, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0

“Vedism and Buddhism” by Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar, Department of Pali, Savitribai Phule Pune University.

The talk will show how there is a tendency toward Vedism throughout Buddhist literature, right from the early Pāli canon through the Mahāyāna to the late Buddhist Tantric texts. It will discuss certain Vedic words and concepts, such as Veda, Traividya, Yajña, Svādhyāya, Sāvitrī and so on. While describing the Buddha and other deities, Buddhist texts use the Vedic epithets. While showing reverence towards the Vedic lore and using the Vedic vocabulary, these texts show the supremacy of their dharma over the age-old and well-established Vedic tradition. At times, the Buddhist Tantric texts even go to the extent of saying that all Vedas and other doctrines have arisen from the Buddha. It appears that while borrowing the Vedic vocabulary, concepts and ritual practices, the Buddhist did not necessarily adhere directly to particular traditions or texts. The proportion of the usage of such vocabulary and ritualistic practices has increased in the Mahāyāna and, more prominently, in the late Buddhist Tantric tradition that involved the recitation of various mantras, offerings into fire and other practices, resembling the Vedic sacrificial ritual. 


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by Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar

The Goodman Lectures

A series of online lectures by leading Buddhist studies scholars

The Goodman Lectures are organized in honor of long-time Khyentse Foundation friend and advisor Professor Steven D. Goodman (1945–2020), whose enduring vision to make academic talks available to people beyond the classroom inspired KF and our friends in academia to share their knowledge and insight with a more general audience.


July 31, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC
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