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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 entire advent to the advance of the Buddhist culture in either Asia and the West. generally revised and entirely up to date, this re-creation attracts on contemporary scholarship within the box, exploring the tensions and continuities among different sorts of Buddhism. Harvey evaluations and corrects a few universal misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key options that experience frequently been over-simplified and over-generalised. the quantity comprises designated references to scriptures and secondary literature, an up-to-date bibliography, and a piece on internet assets. keywords are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan phrases are transliterated within the most simply pronounceable shape, making this can be a actually available account. this is often an excellent coursebook for college kids of faith, Asian philosophy and Asian reports, and can also be an invaluable reference for readers short of an summary of Buddhism and its ideals.

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He remembered having wondered whether it was a path to awakening, and as he now 20 An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices saw that it was, he resolved to use it. The above sequence, of course, implies that the two mystical states he had earlier attained were not entered via the jhānas, although this became the route to them in the Buddhist meditative system, where they are the top two of four ‘formless’ (arūpa) attainments. When Gotama took sustaining food to prepare himself for attaining jhāna, his five companions in asceticism shunned him in disgust, seeing him as having abandoned their shared quest and taken to luxurious living.

Māra came to the emaciated ascetic with honeyed words. 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.

352). A person who bore enmity towards him, however, was his cousin Devadatta, one of his monks. 191–5). In one attempt on his life, Devadatta asked his friend, Prince Ajātasattu (Skt Ajātaśatru), to send soldiers to waylay and assassinate the Buddha. Sixteen soldiers in turn went to do this, but all were too afraid to do so, and became the Buddha’s disciples instead. In another attempt, the fierce man-killing elephant Nālāgiri was let loose on the road on which the Buddha was travelling. 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.

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