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 e-book supplies a brief account of Buddhism within the final 2500 years. The foreword for the publication was once written through Dr. Radhakrishnan, international popular 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 lifestyle of purity in considering conversing and appearing. This ebook offers an account of Buddhism not just in India but additionally in different nations of the East. unique and insightful glimpse into the several colleges and sects of Buddhism discover a position during this ebook. Buddhist rules on schooling and the present kingdom of Buddhism as printed by means of their chinese language pilgrims who visited India in the course of that instances are different elements of the ebook. Chapters on Buddhist paintings in India and overseas and areas of Buddhist curiosity also are integrated to provide it a holistic perspective.

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

 

Foreword

Sixth century B.C. used to be striking for the non secular 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 awesome academics 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 very important occasions within the lifetime of the Buddha start enlightenment and Parinirvana. it's the such a lot sacred day within the Buddhist calendar. in keeping with the Theravada Buddhism the Buddha’s parinirvana happened in 544 B.C. notwithstanding the several faculties of

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Naprajnaiji There is, however, no definite indication in pre-Buddhistic literature of the well-known and important principle of anatmavada or the doctrine of no-soul. There are vague references in the Upanisads, particularly the Brhadaranyaka, that the body consists of four or five elements, that at death it dissolves back into these elements, and that no element of consciousness (saipjna) remains after death. This doctrine,, however, cannot rightly be said to be the source of the Bud' dhistic doctrine of anatma (or anatta); the most that can be claimed is that it is at the root of the notions that all worldly objects are transitory and that there is no transmigration.

Nidanakath&, Koaambi’s edition, para. 131. 3. Vinaya, Mahavagga, I, 5,3. But better counsel prevailed, and he felt that at least a few clear-sighted men would surely understand the new gospel, and renounce their misguided beliefs. His momen­ tary dejection gave way to a keen desire to impart his know­ ledge to the world. With this new determination he thought of visiting his old teachers but both of them had died a little while ago. Then he thought of going to Banaras1, which was a centre of learning even in those days, to teach his philosophy to the group of five monks who had once become his disciples and then left him in despair.

Rgveda, I, 54. 3. Rgveda, X , 14ff. 4. Ndntafr-prajnam na bahifr-prajnam ohhycitati-prujhain, . naprajnaiji There is, however, no definite indication in pre-Buddhistic literature of the well-known and important principle of anatmavada or the doctrine of no-soul. There are vague references in the Upanisads, particularly the Brhadaranyaka, that the body consists of four or five elements, that at death it dissolves back into these elements, and that no element of consciousness (saipjna) remains after death.

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