The Sacred Literature Of Buddhism

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Buddhism is a religion which must be viewed from many angles. Its original form, as preached by Gautama in India and developed in the early years succeeding, and as embodied in the sacred literature of early Buddhism, is not representative of the actual Buddhism of any land today. The faithful student of Buddhist literature would be as far removed from understanding the working activities of a busy center of Buddhism in Burmah, Tibet or China today as a student of patristic literature would be from appreciating the Christian life of London or New York City.

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THIS 15 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East: India and Buddhism, by Charles F. Horne. To purchase the entire book, please order ISBN 0766100057.

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Unlike most other formal religions, the Japanese school of Zen Buddhism has no canonized corpus of sacred literature which will reveal the "truth" to diligent readers. There are, however, numerous collections of anecdotes and aphorisms that may serve to c

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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature. The author Tsong-kha-pa (1357รข 1419) completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his incisive insights on the classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings of the masters of the earlier Kadampa tradition.

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This early volume deals with the myths and legends of India, which survive to us in the rich and abundant store house of Sanskrit literature, and with the rise and growth of Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism, . The reader is introduced to the various sacred works of the Hindus, including the ancient invocatory hymns of the four Vedas, the late speculative and expository "Forest Books" in which "the absolute is grasped and proclaimed," and those great epic poems the 'Ramayana'.

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