Influence of Buddhist Literature in the Works of Rabindranath
Author(s): Dr. Shekhar Purkayastha
Abstract: Rabindranath was greatly influenced by Buddhist ideals. According to him Buddhism was one of the greatest religions preaching universal love. This paper is an analytical study of some of Rabindranath’s poems namely ‘Pujārini’, ‘Shrestha Bikshā’, ‘Parishodh’ and dramas namely ‘Achalāyatan’, Mālini’, ‘Chandālikā’ (dance drama) which are adaption of the stories from Avadānaśataka, a book on Buddhist fables composed by unknown poet. An attempt has been made to show how the poet’s deep respect for the teachings of Buddhism has been reflected in his literary works based on the stories narrated in Avadānaśataka.