Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka (S U N Y Series in by Patrick Grant

By Patrick Grant

Appears to be like at how a religious culture may be appropriated via these fascinated about ethno-nationalist clash.

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Rather, he should pursue a middle way between these extremes. Proceeding alone, Gotama spread grass under a tree (later known as the Bodhi tree) and promised that he would meditate until he found enlightenment. Despite temptations by Mara (the lord of this world, and also a representation of everything in one’s own nature resistant to enlightenment), Gotama attained nibbana. 14 The Buddha then sought out the five former companions who had rejected him, and who were now instantly won over by his implicit authority.

At age sixteen, he married Yasodhara, with whom he had a son, Rahula. From childhood, Gotama led a protected life because his father did not want him to see how much suffering there was in the world. But despite his father’s well-intentioned vigilance, the young Gotama happened upon a lame old man, a leper ravaged by disease, and a funeral procession. From these experiences he learned that old age, disease, and death are the human lot, and in light of his new knowledge he examined his own privileged life, which he decided to renounce.

Here, there is the union of the mother and father, and it is the mother’s season, but the being to be reborn is not present— in this case too there is no conception of an embryo in a womb. But when there is the union of the mother and father, and it is the mother’s season, and the being to be reborn is present, through the union of these three things the conception of an embryo in a womb takes place. (358)33 As we see, the Discourse opens with the Buddha’s impatience with the forlorn Sati who, we are told, “sat silent, dismayed, with shoulders drooping and head down, glum, and without response” (350).

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