Buddhist Literature

The effect of Sanskrit Buddhist poetics and prosody on Chinese language and culture is one of the most profound characteristics of the introduction of Buddhism to East Asia. Indian Buddhist poetry formally begins with the poet and philosopher AŚVAGHOṣA (ca. first or second century C.E.), who composed the earliest surviving examples of the kāvya literary style of Sanskrit poetry, the BUDDHACARITA (Acts of the Buddha) and Saundarananda.


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