The Buddhist monk Ashva·ghosha composed Life of the Buddha
in the first or second century CE probably in Ayódhya. This is
the earliest surviving text of the Sanskrit literary genre called
kavya and probably provided models for Kali·dasa's more famous
works. The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are
when the young prince Siddhártha, the future Buddha, is
confronted by the reality of sickness, old age, and death, while... more...