The Emergence of Buddhism

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 165 sider

In the 6th century B.C.E., a young prince named Siddhartha Gotama set out on an ascetic quest to alleviate human suffering. In the middle ground between opulence and self-denial, he discovered a path to enlightenment and self awareness--and he dedicated his life to sharing that discovery. The man called Buddha, the Awakened One, traveled as an itinerant monk, imparting principles of enlightenment throughout India and what is now southern Nepal. He was not worshipped as a god, but became teacher and model to ascetics, royalty, and townsfolk alike. In the 2,500 years that followed, through the spread of Buddha's teachings and the monastic communities that upheld them, the world's oldest missionary religion has grown so that it now boasts over 350 million followers worldwide.

The story of Buddhism unfolds through a series of narrative chapters, dealing with the Brahmanical cosmology from which Buddhism emerged, the stories and myths surrounding Buddha's birth, Buddha's path to enlightenment, and the eventual spread of his teachings throughout India and the world. Kinnard's clear telling of the tale helps students understand such complex concepts as the natural law of cause and effect (karma), the birth/life/death/rebirth cycle (samsara), the ever-changing state of suffering (dukkha), and salvation, the absence of all states (nirvana). Primary documents, illustrations, glossary and biographical sketches illuminate the extraordinary life and legacy of the man called Buddha.

 

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Innhold

History of the Federal Legislative Power
11
Analysis of the Federal Legislative Power
83
Conclusion
185
Bibliographic Essay
191
Table of Cases
203
Index
211
Chronology of Significant Events in the Emergence of Buddhism
xv
The Life of the Buddha 1
1
The Expansion of Buddhism in India 29
29
The Continued Presence of the Buddha 43
43
The Emergence of the Mahayana 57
57
The Decline of Buddhism in India
69
Biographical Sketches 79
79
Primary Documents 95
95
Glossary of Selected Terms 145
145
Index 161
161

The Establishment of Buddhism in India 15
15

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Om forfatteren (2006)

Jacob N. Kinnard is Associate Professor of Comparative Religious Thought at Iliff School of Theology. He is the author of Imaging Wisdom: Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism and co-editor of Constituting Communities: Theravada Traditions in South and Southeast Asia.

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