The Sugata Saurabha is an epic poem that retells the story of the
Buddha's life. It was published in 1947 in the Nepalese language,
Newari, by Chittadhar Hridaya, one of the greatest literary figures
of 20th-century Nepal. The text is remarkable for its
comprehensiveness, artistry, and nuance. It covers the Buddha's
life from birth to death and conveys his basic teachings with
simple clarity. It is also of interest because, where the classical
sources are silent, Hridaya inserts details of personal life and
cultural context that are Nepalese. The effect is to humanize the
founder and add the texture of real life. A third point of interest
is the modernist perspective that underlies the author's manner of
retelling this great spiritual narrative. This rendering, in a long
line of accounts of the Buddha's life dating back almost 2,000
years, may be the last ever to be produced that conforms to the
traditions of Indic classic poetry. It will not only appeal to
scholars of Buddhism but will find use in courses that introduce
students to the life of the Buddha.
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• Todd T. Lewis
• Subarna Man Tuladhar
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