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The Ontology of Sutras

Charlotte Eubanks

in Miracles of Book and Body

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520265615
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520265615.003.0002
The Ontology of Sutras

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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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Subjects: Buddhism

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