This complete, compact, lucid, and trustworthy account of the Buddha’s teachings again and again enjoys nice reputation in faculties, universities, and theological colleges either the following and out of the country. “An exposition of Buddhism conceived in a resolutely smooth spirit.”—from the Foreword.

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A vintage introductory publication to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught, incorporates a number of illustrative texts from the unique Pali texts, together with the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated via the author), 16 illustrations, and a bibliography, word list, and index.

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Vietnam, xvi. Viāṇa, 23 ff. , fifty three, sixty five vijñāna, 23 (n. 1). Vipassanā(Vipaśyanā, Vidarśanā), sixty eight. Virāga, 36. Volition, 31, forty two; see additionally Cetanā. knowledge, forty nine; see additionally Paññā. Woodward, F. L. , fifty seven (n. 1), sixty three (n. 1). Yasodharā, xv. Yoga, sixty seven. Yogāvacara’s handbook, sixty seven (n. 2). Zen, seventy two. 1Dhp. XII4. second II (Colombo, 1929), p. sixty two (Mabāparinibbāna-sutta). 3Tatbāgata lit. ability ‘One who has come to Truth’, i. e. , ‘One who has stumbled on Truth’. this can be the time period frequently utilized by the Buddha relating himself and to the Buddhas typically. 4Dhp. XX four. 1Sangba lit. capability ‘Community’. yet in Buddhism this time period denotes ‘The neighborhood of Buddhist clergymen’ that is the Order of priests. Buddha, Dhamma (Teaching) and Sangha (Order) are often called Tisaraṇa ‘Three Refuges’ or Tiratana (Sanskrit Triratna) ‘Triple-Gem’. second II (Colombo, 1929), p. sixty two. 1A (Colombo, 1929), p. a hundred and fifteen. 2Vimaṃsaka-sutta, no. forty seven of M. 3The 5 stumbling blocks are: (1) Sensuous Lust, (2) Ill-will, (3) actual and psychological torpor and languor, (4) Restlessness and fear, (5) Doubt. 1D II (Colombo, 1929), p. ninety five; A (Colombo, 1929), p. 239. 2Mahāvīra, founding father of Jainism, used to be a modern of the Buddha, and used to be most likely many years older than the Buddha. 3Upāli-sutta, no. fifty six of M. 1Rock Edict, XII. 1In India potters’ sheds are spacious, and quiet. References are made within the Pali texts to ascetics and recluses, in addition to to the Buddha himself, spending an evening in a potter’s shed in the course of their wanderings. 2It is fascinating to notice the following that the Buddha addresses this recluse as Bhikkhu, which time period is used for Buddhist priests. within the sequel it will likely be visible that he was once no longer a bhikkhu, no longer a member of the Order of the Sangha, for he requested the Buddha to confess him into the Order. might be within the days of the Buddha the time period ‘bhikkhu’ used to be used every now and then even for different ascetics indiscriminately, or the Buddha used to be now not very strict within the use of the time period. Bhikkhu skill ‘mendicant’ ‘one who begs food’, and maybe it was once used right here in its literal and unique experience. yet this present day the time period ‘bhikkhu’ is used in basic terms of Buddhist clergymen, in particular in Theravāda international locations like Ceylon, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and in Chittagong. 1In the bankruptcy at the 3rd Noble fact, see p. 38. 2The time period used is Āvuso this means that pal. it's a respectful time period of handle between equals. yet disciples by no means used this time period addressing the Buddha. as an alternative they use the time period Bhante which nearly skill ‘Sir’ or ‘Lord’. on the time of the Buddha, the contributors of his Order of clergymen (Sangha) addressed each other as Āvuso ‘Friend’. yet earlier than his loss of life the Buddha steered more youthful clergymen to deal with their elders as Bhante ‘Sir’ or Āyasmā ‘Venerable’. yet elders should still handle the more youthful participants by means of identify, or as Āvuso ‘Friend’. (D II Colombo, 1929, p. 95). this tradition is sustained as much as the current day within the Sangha. 3It is famous that cows in India roam in regards to the streets. From this reference apparently the culture is particularly previous. yet normally those cows are docile and never savage or risky. 1An Arahant is anyone who has liberated himself from all defilements and impurities equivalent to hope, hatred, ill-will, lack of awareness, delight, conceit, and so forth.

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