Buddha-Carita | Aśvaghoṣa
The Buddha-Carita, or The Life of Buddha
The(Buddha’s Life) is a complete biography of , from his birth until after his death, when his relics were distributed.
The text was composed by Kāvya literature (poetic prose or ornate poetry) before Kālidāsa (late fourth–early fifth century C.E.).(early second century C.E.), the main author of
The text ofconsists of twenty-eight chapters in both the Tibetan and Chinese translations, but of the original Sanskrit text only fourteen chapters are preserved. Hence, in the following translated text the first 14 chapters are translation from the original Sanskrit and chapters 15-28 are translations from Chinese translation.
The author, Suvarṇākṣī but we know little of his life. He was deeply influenced by the ideas of the ., was a Brāhman from Sāketa in Central India who converted to . His mother’s name was