New PDF release: An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and

By Peter Harvey

ISBN-10: 0521859425

ISBN-13: 9780521859424

During this new version of the best-selling creation to Buddhism, Peter Harvey offers a accomplished advent to the advance of the Buddhist culture in either Asia and the West. broadly revised and completely up-to-date, this new version attracts on fresh scholarship within the box, exploring the tensions and continuities among the several kinds of Buddhism. Harvey opinions and corrects a few universal misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key suggestions that experience usually been over-simplified and over-generalised. the quantity contains particular references to scriptures and secondary literature, an up-to-date bibliography, and a bit on net assets. keywords are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan phrases are transliterated within the most simply pronounceable shape, making it is a really obtainable account. this can be an amazing coursebook for college kids of faith, Asian philosophy and Asian reviews, and is usually an invaluable reference for readers in need of an outline of Buddhism and its ideals.

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In the early Buddhist texts, there is no continuous life of the Buddha, as these concentrated on his teachings. Only later, between 200 bce and 200 ce, did a growing interest in the Buddha’s person lead to various schools producing continuous ‘biographies’, which drew on scattered accounts in the existing Sutta and Vinaya collections, and floating oral traditions. 34–66); second century ce), and the Theravādin Nidānakathā 4 On this, see: Ñānamoli, 2003; Ray, 1994: 44–78; Strong, 2001; Thomas, 1949.

When asked what his funeral arrangements should be, he said that this was the concern of the laity, not the San˙ gha, but that his body should be treated like that of a Cakkavattin emperor. 7 is from a parallel Sanskrit text. Though several texts of north-west India came to talk of Mahākāśyapa (Pali Mahākassapa) as having been the Budda’s successor (Ray, 1994: 105–18). The Buddha and his Indian Context 27 in cloth, placed in a coffin and cremated. The relics remaining should then be placed in a Stūpa (Pali Thūpa), or burial mound, at a place where four roads meet.

145). The later biographies portray him as having been an eager, intelligent and compassionate youth. They relate that his father was keen that he should stay at home to become a great king, and so surrounded him with luxuries to ensure that he remained attached to the worldly life. At sixteen, he was married, and at twenty-nine had a son named Rāhula. 8 The renunciation and quest for awakening It was from a pleasant and wealthy background, then, that Gotama renounced the worldly life and set out on his religious quest.

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