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By Peter Harvey

ISBN-10: 0521859425

ISBN-13: 9780521859424

During this re-creation of the best-selling advent to Buddhism, Peter Harvey presents a accomplished advent to the advance of the Buddhist culture in either Asia and the West. commonly revised and completely up-to-date, this new version attracts on fresh scholarship within the box, exploring the tensions and continuities among the several varieties of Buddhism. Harvey opinions and corrects a few universal misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key strategies that experience frequently been over-simplified and over-generalised. the quantity contains distinct references to scriptures and secondary literature, an up-to-date bibliography, and a bit on net assets. keywords are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan phrases are transliterated within the most simply pronounceable shape, making this can be a really obtainable account. this is often an incredible coursebook for college kids of faith, Asian philosophy and Asian reviews, and is usually an invaluable reference for readers in need of an summary of Buddhism and its ideals.

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He urged him to abandon his quest and take up a more conventional religious life of sacrifice and good works, so as to generate good karma. In response, Gotama replied that he had no need of more good karma, and scorned the ‘squadrons’ of Māra: sense-desire, jealousy, hunger and thirst, craving, dullness and lethargy, cowardice, fear of commitment, belittling others, obstinate insensitivity and self-praise. Māra then retreated in defeat. This account, clearly portraying the final inner struggle of Gotama, gains dramatic colour in the later texts, where Māra’s ‘army’ of spiritual faults bore witness to the fact that he had done many charitable acts in previous lives.

As the elephant charged, the Buddha calmly stood his ground and suffused the elephant with the power of his 26 An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices lovingkindness, so that it stopped and bowed its head, letting the Buddha stroke and tame it. In gaining hearers for his message, the Buddha did not always rely on his charisma, reputation and powers of persuasion. 112). The results of such powers are not seen as supernatural miracles, but as the supernormal products of the great inner power of certain meditations.

Other disciples, monastic and lay, followed, so that soon there were sixtyone Arahats, including the Buddha. 7)). 11 At some point during his life, Gotama initiated an order of nuns (see pp. 3)). The Canon gives only incidental reference to events between the sending out of the sixty Arahats and the last year of the Buddha’s life. The general picture conveyed is that he spent his long teaching career wandering on foot, with few possessions, around the Ganges basin region. ha, Vāiśalī). Here, there were many people of a questioning nature looking for a new spiritual outlook.

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