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SOME REFLECTIONS ON BODY IN EARLY
BUDDHIST LITERATURE
PRAGATI SAHNI
Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair of Indian Studies
University of Delhi and Carleton University*
Early Buddhist texts belonging to the Pali Canon do not
specifically address the status or treatment of the physical body
and yet the body is constantly alluded to in different contexts.
In this talk I aim to understand and analyze some of these
varied references and will question whether, based on such
information, a cohesive picture of how the early Buddhists view
the body can be derived. I will draw attention especially to the
challenges that may be faced in such an endeavour.
Friday, April 8th, 2016
Room: 303 Paterson Hall
Time: 3:00 p.m.
*With generous support from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Canada-India Centre, the Indian Council for Cultural
Relations, and the High Commission of India