A Popular Dictionary of Buddhism (Popular Dictionaries of by Christmas Humphreys

By Christmas Humphreys

A dictionary and a thesaurus of phrases plus short biographies of eminent Buddhists and students from either East and West.

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Vice-President of the Buddhist Society, London. , and Editor of Buddhist Texts through the Ages (1954). A popular dictionary of buddhism 46 Council The First Great Council was held at Rajagriha immediately after the passing of the Buddha, the Ven. Kasyapa presiding. The Scriptures, as then agreed, were recited by all, Ananda leading with the doctrine and Upali with the Rules of the Order. The Second was held at Vaisali about 100 years later. As only a minority upheld the original teachings and Rules the majority seceded and held a rival Council, from which schism the 18 sects of the Hinayana School were later formed.

Of Japan derives from the Ch’an Bsm. of China, founded in the sixth century by Bodhidharma and formed into a School by Hung-jen, Hui-neng and their followers in the eighth century. Ch’an Bsm. has been described as the Chinese reaction to the intellectual Bsm. of India. Zen Bsm. may be called Japan’s reaction to Ch’an. Yet the Ch’an/Zen School is, even with the distinction of Rinzai and Sōtō Zen, unique as a School of spiritual development, and the word ‘Zen’ has in this work been used for both the Chin.

Belief Sammāditthi, the first step on the Noble Path is often translated ‘right belief’. More correct rendering is ‘right view’. Belief in Bsm. must result from apprehension based on reason, not on mental obedience to the authority of another. See Faith, Noble Eightfold Path. ) The ‘Lord’s Song’. A complete treatise on spiritual development along the lines of Karma Yoga, the way of Right Action. Is included in the epic poem the Mahā-Bhārata. Date unknown. Trans. Radhakrishnan (1948). Bhagavat The Holy Lord, hence the Blessed One.

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