Buddhism as the pinnacle of Ancient Indian morality: Tagore and Vivekananda interpreting the figure of Buddha

VA van Bijlert

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Abstract

Two major figures in modern Bengali and Indian culture, Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda have expressed their views on Biddha and Buddhism. This article shows how Vivekananda gradually became less appreciative of Buddhism whereas Tagore showed an increased sympathy for Buddhism. Vivekananda clearly tried to interpret Buddhist doctrine as an inferior version of Vedanta but he still expressed the greatest admiration for the moral stature of Buddha. For Tagore Buddha represented the best of Indian moral culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture as Power
Subtitle of host publicationBuddhist Heritage and the Indo-Japanese Dialogue
EditorsMadhu Bhalla
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter1
Pages25-48
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780429316531, 9781000329476, 9781000329575, 9781000329520
ISBN (Print)9781032045863
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Buddhism, Japan, India, Culture, Vivekananda, Tagore, East Asian Art

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