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Free download × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¶ Rupert Gethin Buddhism is a of Buddhism ePUB #8608 vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over years and which is now followed by around million people In this introduction to the foundations of Buddhism Rupert Gethin concentrates on the ideas and p. I've read a few books onof Buddhism and it's pretty clear that this is a religion not well served by the publishing industry like Christianity it's easy to find books on Buddhism that will try to explain how Buddhism will change your life for the better; easy to find books about foundational figures Buddha himself in this case; but unlike Christianity it's very hard to find books that will teach you about the history of the religion from a or less objective perspective without being too specialized Well here's one How does Gethin do it In part by focusing mostly on the features of Buddhism that in his argument at least all the schools share; and in part by being exceptionally smart and good at writing This is not the book for you if you want a guide to practical meditation or just generally want religion without religion If you want someone to hold your hand and guide you through the wonderful staggering maze of Buddhist thought on the other hand go to it We get summaries and discussions of the taxonomies of meditation stages the different philosophical uestions that are inevitably thrown up by the Buddha's teaching but what is nothingness the mind the self the no self a Buddha Gethin presents many of them in a handy frame how does one explain the idea of no longer entering the chain of re birth What is this nirvana which we enter instead You might say well nirvana means you cease to exist but that doesn't seem uite right in no small part because it's not clear what you cease and to exist mean You might also say well nirvana is a kind of eternal state outside rebirth but that seems wrong too Trying to avoid these two views is the work of millenia just like avoiding too much unity in the Christian trinity and avoiding the total separation of the three Gethin traces responses to this problem through the history of southern eastern and northern Buddhism and even a few pages on the unfortunate adventures of Buddhism in the west He does it clearly concisely and with modesty He's probably a bit too keen to give Buddhism a united front and to downplay disagreements but that's the worst I can say Highly recommended

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characters The Foundations of Buddhism OPUS ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð ❰EPUB❯ ✼ The Foundations of Buddhism OPUS Author Rupert Gethin – Buddhism is a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over 2500 years and which is Ractices which constitute the common heritage of the different The Foundations eBook #8608 traditions of Buddhism Thervada Tibetan and Eastern that exist in the world today From the narrative of the story of the Buddha through discussions of aspects such as textual traditions the. A good primer on the philosophy of BuddhismA good primer on Buddhism its terminology history and evolution into the various traditions and schools that exist today This is not a “how to” manual but rather a what when and why on Buddhist philosophyI was particularly interested in the core learning such as the four noble truths and the eight fold path that is explained in detail The story of Gautama Buddha is as usual always engaging and enlightening The sections on Theravada Mahayana Tripitaka Chinese and Kanjur Tibetan traditions help outline their differences and similarities What struck me was that even though Buddhism is supposed to be devoid of the schisms that exist in Christianity here too we see the teachings of a master being subjected to the desires and motivations of his adherents and therefore being set to evolve differently in different geographies and cultures long after the master has passed on To discover the pure teaching we need to go back to the master and his message which having taken place at a time where only the oral tradition prevailed is bound to be wrapped interpreted and changed through the fallible lenses of his disciples and followers Rupert Gethin has done an admirable job in gathering the multi various strands of this complex philosophy and presenting it in a single book

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The Foundations of Buddhism OPUSFramework of the Four Noble Truths the interaction between the monastic and lay ways of life the cosmology of karma and rebirth Foundations of Buddhism Epub #224 and the path of the bodhisattva this book provides a stimulating introduction to Buddhism as a religion and way of life. According to my professor this is the most accurate and comprehensive book on this subject It was the hardest book I’ve ever read and took me the full length of the semester to appreciate it and get used to the writing Whew