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By Stephen Batchelor

ISBN-10: 030021622X

ISBN-13: 9780300216226

A few twenty-five centuries after the Buddha begun educating, his message keeps to motivate humans around the globe, together with these residing in predominantly secular societies. What does it suggest to conform non secular practices to secular contexts?

Stephen Batchelor, an the world over identified writer and instructor, is devoted to a secularized model of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent moral, contemplative, and philosophical imaginative and prescient of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the fruits of 4 a long time of analysis and perform within the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his try to set the checklist immediately approximately who the Buddha used to be and what he used to be attempting to train. Combining serious readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative money owed of 5 contributors of the Buddha's internal circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a practical ethicist instead of a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a regularly evolving tradition of awakening whose lengthy survival is because of its capability to reinvent itself and have interaction creatively with every one society it encounters.

This unique and provocative booklet offers a brand new framework for knowing the amazing unfold of Buddhism in today's globalized international. It additionally reminds us of what was once so startling concerning the Buddha's imaginative and prescient of human flourishing.

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184, 196. Dr. Rhys Davids' Buddhist India, p. 3. 3 Vinaya, Mahavagga, VI, 36, pp. 1-4. 2 4 Ibid. , III, 4. SPREAD OF BUDDHISM 38 The first king met by B uddha aft er . his enlightenment was. a who accorded him a very warm welcome, placed at B uddha's disposal his pleasure -garden and asked the he admen of the villages in B uddha's d is cou rs es . It was most probably for Bimbisara t hat Buddha gained ,a Bimbisara his d omain to l isten to' very w i de p opul arity ill Magadha1. The king was b en t s o much upon of Magadha.

Ntk. , II, p 190. (Gottlmo . mayiiy:� . . . (ivatttanrm. , IU, p. 229. hoq, see Majjh . Nik, met this Qf illustration an 3 For . ; 197. :, I, pp� lS1 ff. 1 Majjh. • • . . • ' '. ' , . i · . . , , , ,' 1 '-'' I ' ' , " • ' 1, ' , ' ' , I .. .. . . . .. . " I " , ' , ,' SPREAD OF BUD DHISM 32 To be a successful d isputant , one h as to be equipped Witb, al l the outfit of speci ous argu m e nts (kutatarka) to meet those o pponent s who m ake a fr ee use o f them whenever needed . It' is clear from Bud dha ' s injunctio ns to the bhikkhus, that h e wanted them to use their pow e r o f argumentation i n the service ' o f truth a n d truth alone, and not to t ake to s ophistry of their o wn accord.

One o f t he reasons w h y B u d d h i s m COY I d s p r e a d m o re ra p i d ly in the M aga d h a n area t h an it cou l d p e rh a ps have don e had it been started in reg ions like the North­ v. The unortho� doxy of the people in the area in and around Magadha. wes tern area o f KUfu-paficaJ a was t h e fac t that the people of that area were not s o s trictly ort h od ox in their adherence to the brahma:gic faith, and the doctrines and rules, o f which it was the b as i s . It is. the i n fere nc e of schol ars s u ch as G r i e rso n , Ol den­ berg, that the Aryans entered i nt o India in two· groups, the later being se p arated fro111 the e arlier b y a pretty long distance of time.

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