By Carl Olson

"A richly resourceful and discovered trip via a few of the highways and byways of Buddhist culture from its inception to the current day . . . destined to develop into a vintage in its field."—Julius Lipner, professor of Indian faith and chair of the Divinity college on the college of Cambridge
"The assorted Paths of Buddhism bargains the most accomplished introductions to the most branches of the Buddhist culture below one cover."—Chün-fang Yü, professor of faith at Columbia University
"This designated mixture of conventional background and doctrine, narrative and perform, presents an interesting evaluate of Buddhist cultures . . . [and] how humans really reside Buddhist lives."—William Waldron, professor of South Asian faith and philosophy at Middlebury College
For centuries, Buddhist lecturers and laypeople have used tales, symbols, cultural metaphors, and anecdotes to coach and convey their non secular perspectives. during this introductory textbook, Carl Olson attracts on those narrative traditions to element the advance of Buddhism from the lifetime of the old Buddha to the current.
The e-book deals a entire advent to the most branches of the Buddhist culture in either the Mahayana and Theravada faculties, together with the Madhyamika institution, the Yogacara institution, natural Land devotionalism, Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and village people Buddhist traditions. Chapters discover the existence and teachings of the Buddha in historic context, the early improvement and institutionalization of Buddhism, its geographic unfold throughout Asia and at last to the U.S., philosophy and ethics, the connection among clergymen and laity, political and moral implications, the position of girls within the Buddhist culture, and modern reinterpretations of Buddhism.
Drawn from a long time of lecture room adventure, this artistic and impressive textual content combines professional scholarship and interesting tales that supply much-needed point of view to the present literature at the subject.

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The Sutta-pitaka is a collection of texts that contain discourses of the Buddha, arranged according to length. There are five major collections of these texts: the collection of long sayings (Digha-nikaya); collection of middle-length sayings (Majjhima-nikaya); a collection of works united together by their contents (Samyutta-nikaya); texts arranged by numerical groupings of items (Anguttaranikaya); and a collection of minor works (Khuddaka-nikaya). At a later historical date, the Abhidhamma-pitaka, consisting of scholarly treatments analyzing material from the Sutta-pitaka, was added to the other two baskets.

In response to the social snub, the Buddha staged a marvelous display of power (iddhi) by levitating his body above the group, while jets of fire and water gushed from his limbs as he traversed a jeweled causeway in the sky. The Zakyas were stunned into acquiescence and bowed down before the Buddha. The Buddha’s teaching to those that he formerly knew motivated some of them to join his monastic order. The most notable of these converting figures included the Buddha’s son Rahula and his cousin Ananda.

The message of the Buddha is that everything in the world is transient. This is also true of the raft, which is like the teachings of the Buddha. Once the teachings or raft are used to cross the river of life, one does not need to continue to grasp them. Once the travelers are safely on the other shore, the job of the Dhamma is completed because suffering is relieved and the travelers attain the peace of nibbana. The metaphor of the raft suggests that the Dhamma (teaching) of the Buddha should be applied in a pragmatic way.

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