Utopia / Dystopia

DiSimone Charles spootland at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 13 17:16:00 UTC 2010

Regarding Indian ideas of utopias, the Sukhāvatīvyūha
and Akṣobhyavyūha sūtras immediately come to mind.  I would not say they are parallel to Plato or
Moore’s ideas per se but they certainly describe self-contained paradigmatic
(ideal) societies.  

All the best,
Charles DiSimone
Graduate Student, Stanford University

> Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:25:19 +0530
> From: mnstorm at MAC.COM
> Subject: Utopia / Dystopia
> To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
> Dear Indologists,
> I am looking for possible distinctive descriptions of utopias /  
> dystopias in Indian literature. I hope to find something that might  
> parallel ideas in Plato's Republic or Thomas More's Utopia.
> I am looking for descriptions of self-contained paradigmatic  
> societies- either ideal or wretched.
> Any ideas would be most welcome.
> I hope that wherever you are it is cooler than New Delhi!
> Mary Storm
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