Buddhist Religion: A Historical Introduction by Richard H. Robinson, Willard L. Johnson, Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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By Richard H. Robinson, Willard L. Johnson, Thanissaro Bhikkhu

It is a historic creation to Buddhism. Its goal is to painting the options and activities of the massive phase of fans of the Buddha. Its presentation covers 5 major points of Buddhism: ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, perform, and institutional background.

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The Bodhisattva's father, Suddhodana, was the chief aristocrat of the town of Kapilavastu, the remains of which have been tentatively identified by archaeologists on the present-day border between India and Nepal. During the later period when monarchies had become the norm in India, Buddhist chroniclers-including Asvagho~a-portrayed Suddhodana as a king, but the earlier texts reveal that he was simply one of a council of rulers of the Sakyan agrarian republic. His republic, like many republics at that time, was eventually annexed by the nearby kingdom ofKosala toward the end of the Buddha's life.

A-left in search of a better teaching. 39). 3). Unlike the Upani~adic seers, they were not looking for contemplative identification of the soul and the world spirit, nor were they trying to starve out impurities through abstinence, as were the Jains. 2), but that in India was used figuratively at the time by a number of sects to denote the highest happiness, freedom, and peace. Leaving Udraka Ramaputra and the path of formless absorptions, the Bodhisattva then went eastward to Uruvela near Bodhgaya, where he found a pleasant spot and settled down to try the path of austerities.

I saw-by means of my psychic vision, purified and surpassing the ordinary human-beings passing away and reappearing, and I discerned how they are inferior and superior, beautiful and ugly, fortunate and unfortunate, in accordance with their karma: 'These beings-who were endowed with bad conduct of body, speech, and mind, who reviled the noble ones, held wrong views and undertook actions under the influence of wrong views-with the break-up of the body, after death, have reappeared in the plane of deprivation, the bad destiny, in the lower realms.

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