Buddhist Studies Review, Vol 35, No 1-2 (2018)

Yaśodharā in Jātakas

Sarah Shaw
Issued Date: 8 Jan 2019


This paper discusses the role of the Buddha’s wife, Yasodharā/Rāhulamātā, in Pāli Jātakas. Noting her continued popularity in South and Southeast Asian Buddhism, it considers her path to liberation seen as a composite whole, through many lifetimes, and considers some of the literary implications of this multiple depiction. The intention of this paper is to initiate more discussion about this figure as a sympathetic and central presence in Southern Buddhist text and practice.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsrv.36763


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