The Kāṇva Brāhmaṇas and Buddhists in Kosala

November 21, 2017
Time: 7:45pm
Location: New DRBU Bldg, S120

Abstract: The Buddha was born and raised in the ancient Indian region of Kosala, where thrived the Vedic school of the Kāṇvas. This eastern Kāṇva school inherited Yājñavalkya's teachings, which were recorded in their recension of the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa. The influence of this school on early Buddhism is evident in the Buddha's teachings in the Suttanipāta. Through a careful textual study, this lecture explores evidence for the close relationship between the Kāṇva brāhmaṇas and early Buddhists in Kosala.

Speaker: Dr. Lauren Bausch is an assistant professor at Dharma Realm Buddhist University, where she teaches Sanskrit, Indian Classics, and Buddhism. She completed her Ph.D. in Sanskrit in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 2015. Her areas of scholarly interest include early Indian literature and philosophy, with special attention to both Brāhmaṇa-texts and early Buddhism.