Locating humour in indian buddhist monastic law codes: A comparative approach [Book Review]

Journal of Indian Philosophy 37 (4):311-330 (2009)
It has been claimed that Indian Buddhism, as opposed to East Asian Chan/Zen traditions, was somehow against humour. In this paper I contend that humour is discernible in canonical Indian Buddhist texts, particularly in Indian Buddhist monastic law codes (Vinaya). I will attempt to establish that what we find in these texts sometimes is not only humourous but that it is intentionally so. I approach this topic by comparing different versions of the same narratives preserved in Indian Buddhist monastic law codes.
Keywords Humour  Indian Buddhism   Vinaya   Sarvāstivāda-vinaya   Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya
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DOI 10.1007/s10781-008-9052-x
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