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The History of Buddhist Thoughtby Edward J Thomas
Synopses & Reviews
While the author's earlier work Life of Buddha as Legend and History detailed the historical evidence for the life and teaching of the founder of the religion, the present volume offers a learned presentation of the development of Buddhistic teachings over time. Beginning with geography and chronology, Dr. Thomas goes on to discuss in detail such topics as the ascetic ideal; the background of Buddhism, Brahminism, and the Upanishads; karma, release, and nirvana; the doctrine of the void; the doctrine of consciousness only; Buddhism and modern thought; and much more. He is at special pains to show how the severely simple teachings of a band of wandering ascetics with the goal of achieving a final state of peace evolved into the doctrine of world saviors, the great career of the Bodhisattva as savior of all, the revolution in thought brought about by the schools which spread over India, and the various doctrines that came to be taught in China, Japan, Ceylon, Burma, and other Asian countries. Serious students of Buddhism will welcome this inexpensive reprint of a classic study which clearly explicates the different trends in Buddhistic thought as they developed through history. Unabridged republication of the second edition, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., London, 1951. Preface. Introduction. Bibliography. Appendices. Index. 5 halftones.
Book News Annotation:
Aimed at students of religion and philosophy, this text traces the permutations of Buddhist thought over time. Thomas (affiliation not cited) begins with a discussion of the ascetic ideal. Other topics include fundamental concepts such as karma, regional variations in the religion's tenets, and connections between Buddhism and modern thought. The volume is an unabridged republication of the 1959 printing of the second edition.
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Showing how the teachings of a band of wandering ascetics evolved into the doctrine of world saviors, Dr. Thomas details such topics as the ascetic ideal; the background of Buddhism, Brahminism, and the Upanishads; karma, release, and nirvana; the doctrine of the void; Buddhism and modern thought; and much more. 5 halftones.
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