2500 Years of Buddhism by P.V. Bapat PDF

By P.V. Bapat

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

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The ebook supplies a brief account of Buddhism within the final 2500 years. The foreword for the publication used to be written by way of Dr. Radhakrishnan, global well known thinker. The ebook includes 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 talking and performing. This booklet provides an account of Buddhism not just in India but in addition in different nations of the East. special and insightful glimpse into the several colleges and sects of Buddhism discover a position during this e-book. Buddhist rules on schooling and the present country of Buddhism as published via their chinese language pilgrims who visited India in the course of that occasions are different parts of the publication. Chapters on Buddhist paintings in India and out of the country and areas of Buddhist curiosity also are integrated to offer it a holistic perspective.

The spirit of Buddha comes alive within the ebook 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 international locations. 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 outstanding academics labored upon their inheritance and constructed new issues of view.

The Purnima or full-moon day of the month of Vaisakha is attached with 3 very important occasions within the lifetime of the Buddha start enlightenment and Parinirvana. it's the so much sacred day within the Buddhist calendar. based on the Theravada Buddhism the Buddha’s parinirvana happened in 544 B.C. even though the various colleges of

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Mahftniddom, p. 47(1 (PTS). ment, would not bend. Mara was discomfited in the end and his army fled in all directions. This battle, of course, was a metaphorical conflict between the higher and the lower aspirations in Gautama's mind. During the night Gautama discovered the Law of Causation, a cycle of twelve causes and effects conditioning the universe. This law had not been thought of before by any philosopher. Its authorship raised Gautama from his status of Bodhisattva to that of a Buddha. He exclaimed solemnly: Truly when things grow plain To the ardent, meditating brahmana.

2. Tad yaih tha karmacito lohab kflyate evam amupnin punyocito lokafr kfiyate The discussions at the long sacrificial sessions were pri­ marily concerned with the performance of the ritual; but obviously they could not be confined to this alone. If the performance of the sacrifice could give everlasting results, the question of thinking on different problems would not have arisen; but when these results were efficacious only for a short time, man’s mind naturally turned to things eternal. The problems discussed by the early thinkers mainly con­ cerned the origin of the world or universe, and to its consti­ tuents.

In Brahmanical literature the names, Parivrajaka, also called Maskarin, Tapasa and Mundaka occur. Parivrajaka lite­ rally means one who goes round and has no permanent domi­ cile. From a study of the rules of discipline, it appears that these ascetics did not generally stay long at one place, except perhaps during the rains; they were expected to wander from place to place, and to have no fixed residence. Some of them carried a bamboo staff, called maskara. These two features were probably common to many sects, but they must have been a special characteristic of a particular group of ascetics.

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