By P.V. Bapat

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

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The booklet supplies a brief account of Buddhism within the final 2500 years. The foreword for the ebook used to be written by way of Dr. Radhakrishnan, international well known thinker. The e-book includes sixteen chapters and approximately 100 articles written by way of eminent Buddhist students from India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal.

Buddhism is a life-style of purity in pondering talking and appearing. This publication supplies an account of Buddhism not just in India but additionally in different nations of the East. certain and insightful glimpse into different faculties and sects of Buddhism discover a position during this ebook. Buddhist rules on schooling and the present country of Buddhism as published by means of their chinese language pilgrims who visited India in the course of that occasions are different elements of the booklet. Chapters on Buddhist paintings in India and in another country and areas of Buddhist curiosity also are incorporated to provide it a holistic perspective.

The spirit of Buddha comes alive within the booklet and enlightens the readers along with his educating so crucial now for peace within the strife-torn world.

 

Foreword

Sixth century B.C. was once striking for the religious 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 amazing academics labored upon their inheritance and built new issues of view.

The Purnima or full-moon day of the month of Vaisakha is hooked up with 3 vital occasions within the lifetime of the Buddha beginning enlightenment and Parinirvana. it's the so much sacred day within the Buddhist calendar. in keeping with the Theravada Buddhism the Buddha’s parinirvana happened in 544 B.C. notwithstanding different faculties of

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In this way the Vinaya text was agreed upon at the Council. The turn of Ananda came next. The subject matter of the Sutta-pitaka, in all the five Nikayas, was formulated as questions for Ananda who gave appropriate answers. These questions followed the lines adopted in those on the Vinaya— the occasion of the sermons and the person or persons with reference to whom they were given. The answers given by Ananda settled the corpus of the Sutta-pitaka. Buddhaghosa in the Samanta-pasadika gives a detailed account of the constituent parts of the Vinaya and the Sutta-pitaka that were recited at the Council.

Wrong means of livelihood are those which cause suffering to others. Trafficking in deadly weapons, in animals for slaughter, in human beings for slavery and intoxicating drinks and poisons are examples. A monk is not allowed to do any bodily ser­ vice for a layman in exchange for food or clothing. He must earn his alms only by his goodwill towards others. Right effort consists in strenuous endeavour by a person for his own mental and moral elevation. He should first give up his bad habits, acquire new good ones, keep himself free from evil tendencies and promote the good qualities that he may have acquired already.

Ban&ra*. 2. Pron. S&m&th. ' As he learnt the full meaning of this verse from ASvajit, Sariputra became a disciple of the Buddha, and Maudgalyayana followed his example. The Sangha was enriched by the addition of these intelligent brahmanas, who became the chief disciples of the Master. 2 A year after the Awakening, Suddhodana heard of his son’s glory and invited him to visit Kapilavastu. The Buddha accordingly came to his parental home. Suddho­ dana did homage to his son as he was now a holy man.

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