2500 Years of Buddhism by P.V. Bapat

By P.V. Bapat

Language: English
Pages: 437 (4 B/W (Illustrations)

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The ebook offers a quick account of Buddhism within the final 2500 years. The foreword for the e-book was once written by way of Dr. Radhakrishnan, international well known thinker. The booklet comprises sixteen chapters and approximately 100 articles written by means of eminent Buddhist students from India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal.

Buddhism is a life-style of purity in pondering conversing and performing. This publication offers an account of Buddhism not just in India but additionally in different international locations of the East. specified and insightful glimpse into the several colleges and sects of Buddhism discover a position during this ebook. Buddhist principles on schooling and the existing nation of Buddhism as published via their chinese language pilgrims who visited India in the course of that instances are different elements of the publication. Chapters on Buddhist artwork in India and in another country and locations of Buddhist curiosity also are incorporated to provide it a holistic perspective.

The spirit of Buddha comes alive within the booklet and enlightens the readers together with his educating so crucial now for peace within the strife-torn world.

 

Foreword

Sixth century B.C. used to be amazing for the religious unrest and highbrow ferment in lots of nations. In china we had Lao Tzu and Confucius in Greece Parmenides and Empedocles in Iran Zarathustra in India Mahavira and the Buddha. In that interval many notable lecturers labored upon their inheritance and constructed new issues of view.

The Purnima or full-moon day of the month of Vaisakha is hooked up with 3 vital occasions within the lifetime of the Buddha delivery enlightenment and Parinirvana. it's the such a lot sacred day within the Buddhist calendar. based on the Theravada Buddhism the Buddha’s parinirvana happened in 544 B.C. although the several faculties of

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3 He was free from all sins and had purified himself. In the Udumbarika-sihanada-sutta'1 the restraints ascribed to him are different, but identical with the four vows of Parsva. According to Jaina sources, however. Jainism is not a purely ethical system, but also a philosophy based on the doctrine of many possibilities, known as Anekanta or Syadvada. The doctrine looks at two aspects of every­ thing, the eternal and the non-eternal. The soul under­ goes migration according to good or bad deeds.

3uttanip&ta, 64!. CHAPTER IV Four Buddhist Councils The First Council According to Pali tradition recorded in canonical and non-canonical literature, three Sangitis (recitals) or Councils were held to draw up the canonical texts and the creed in their pure form. The First Council was held at Rajagrha immediately after the parinirvana of the Buddha. It is accepted by critical scholarship that the First Council settled the Dhamma and the Vinaya and there is no ground for the view that the Abhidhamma formed part of the canon adopted at the First Council.

The Buddha imbued the robber Angulimala’s mind with metta and the robber was converted into a spiritual wayfarer. When your fellow beings are in misery, you must feel compassion for them and when they are happy you must feel happiness. These feelings are not restricted to mankind alone but cover all beings, past, pre­ sent, future, whether of this world or of other worlds. Equanimity should be so real that you should feel the same towards a man who besmears your arm with sandal paste and one who hacks your other arm with an axe.

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