An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and by Peter Harvey

By Peter Harvey

During this re-creation of the best-selling advent to Buddhism, Peter Harvey offers a entire creation to the advance of the Buddhist culture in either Asia and the West. greatly revised and completely up to date, this re-creation attracts on contemporary scholarship within the box, exploring the tensions and continuities among the several types of Buddhism. Harvey evaluations and corrects a few universal misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key strategies that experience usually been over-simplified and over-generalised. the quantity contains specified references to scriptures and secondary literature, an up-to-date bibliography, and a piece on net assets. keywords are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan phrases are transliterated within the most simply pronounceable shape, making this can be a really available account. this can be a terrific coursebook for college kids of faith, Asian philosophy and Asian experiences, and is usually an invaluable reference for readers in need of an summary of Buddhism and its ideals.

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In another attempt, the fierce man-killing elephant Nālāgiri was let loose on the road on which the Buddha was travelling. As the elephant charged, the Buddha calmly stood his ground and suffused the elephant with the power of his 26 An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices lovingkindness, so that it stopped and bowed its head, letting the Buddha stroke and tame it. In gaining hearers for his message, the Buddha did not always rely on his charisma, reputation and powers of persuasion.

61–3),9 portraying it as arising from a sudden realization rather than from a gradual reflection. 43. 3) has Rāhula being conceived on the night of the renunciation, thus ensuring Gotama’s family line is continued. 22–9), which sees the lives of all Buddhas as following a recurring pattern (dhammatā). 58–9 relates that, on three consecutive days, Gotama visited one of his parks in his chariot. His father had had the streets cleared of unpleasant sights, but the gods ensured that he saw an age-worn man, a sick man and a corpse.

These canons gradually diverged as different floating oral traditions were drawn on, and systematizing texts peculiar to each school were added. Many of the minor differences within and between canons, however, can be seen to be due to the way in which oral traditions always produce several different permutations of essentially the same story or teachings. The early canons contain a section on Vinaya, or monastic discipline, one on Suttas (Skt Sūtras), or ‘discourses’ of the Buddha, and some contain one on Abhidhamma (Skt Abhidharma), or ‘further teachings’, which systematizes the Sutta-teachings in the form of detailed analyses of human experience.

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