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By Peter Harvey

ISBN-10: 0521859425

ISBN-13: 9780521859424

During this new version of the best-selling creation to Buddhism, Peter Harvey presents a accomplished advent to the advance of the Buddhist culture in either Asia and the West. widely revised and completely up-to-date, this re-creation attracts on contemporary scholarship within the box, exploring the tensions and continuities among the various types of Buddhism. Harvey reviews and corrects a few universal misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key techniques that experience frequently been over-simplified and over-generalised. the amount comprises particular references to scriptures and secondary literature, an up to date bibliography, and a piece on internet assets. key phrases 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 an amazing coursebook for college kids of faith, Asian philosophy and Asian reports, and can be an invaluable reference for readers in need of an outline of Buddhism and its ideals.

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The emphasis in Buddhism is on the teachings of the Buddha(s), and the ‘awakening’ of human personality that these are seen to lead to. Nevertheless, Buddhists do show great reverence to Gotama as a supreme teacher and an exemplar of the ultimate goal that all strive for, so that probably more images of him exist than of any other historical figure. In its long history, Buddhism has used a variety of teachings and means to help people first develop a calmer, more integrated and compassionate personality, and then ‘wake up’ from restricting delusions: delusions which cause attachment and thus suffering for an individual and those he or she interacts with.

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. He was amazed at these new sights, and his charioteer explained to him that ageing, sickness and death came to all people, thus putting him in a state of agitation at the nature of life.

155–130 bce), a king of Greek ancestry. Another is the Visuddhimagga (‘Path of Purification’), a very influential Theravāda compendium of meditation practices and doctrine, written by Buddhaghosa (fifth century ce). Mahāyāna texts were composed from around the first century bce, originating as written, not oral, works. In time, they were recorded in a form of the Indian prestige language, Sanskrit. While many are attributed to the Buddha, their form and content clearly show that they were later restatements and extensions of the Buddha’s message.

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