Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown

By Damien Keown

This obtainable quantity covers either the lessons of the Buddha and the combination of Buddhism into everyday life. What are the precise positive aspects of Buddhism? What or who's the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist inspiration constructed over the centuries, and the way can modern dilemmas be confronted from a Buddhist point of view? phrases reminiscent of "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, yet what do they truly suggest? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory point for a few years, and during this ebook he offers a full of life, tough reaction to those commonly asked questions.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions supply an creation to a few of life's best issues. Written by means of specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern brooding about the imperative difficulties and concerns in hundreds and hundreds of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum concept to Islam.

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By Damien Keown

This obtainable quantity covers either the lessons of the Buddha and the combination of Buddhism into everyday life. What are the precise positive aspects of Buddhism? What or who's the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist inspiration constructed over the centuries, and the way can modern dilemmas be confronted from a Buddhist point of view? phrases reminiscent of "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, yet what do they truly suggest? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory point for a few years, and during this ebook he offers a full of life, tough reaction to those commonly asked questions.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions supply an creation to a few of life's best issues. Written by means of specialists for the newcomer, they reveal the best modern brooding about the imperative difficulties and concerns in hundreds and hundreds of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum concept to Islam.

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2-II 94. cit. lamb. 1-II-188. cit. lamb. 2-I-110. cit. lamb. 5-I-53. cit. lamb. 10-1-47. cit. lamb. 9-1-406. cit. lamb. 4-1-39. cit. lamb. 18 ; 132. :>ut the work, K§emendra cherished the wiiJ to mould the mind of the people towards an ideal. And innumerable stories are narrated with that end in view. Very often at the end or in the middle of the stories one comes across the verses bearing the ethical tone That K~emendra at heart was more a reformer than a poet becomes more and more evident to us, as we proceed towards the end of the work.

In the first the story of the Vidyiidhara Saktivega and in the other that of the Vidyiidhara king Siiryaprabha is narrated. None of these stories is directly connected with the story Naravahanadatta; they only indicate the future life of the hero. Again in others, the main story is narrated only in a few verses while almost the whole lambaka is alive with the accessory tales. First, a story is inserted in connection with the main story, then in that a second then a third and thus a chain of substories is introduced.

Cit. p 49. Op. cit. p 92. B KM. lamb. 2-1-5. The Brlzatkathamaiijari 23 How nicely does the poet compare the sky-scraping palaces brightened by the bluish effulgence of the saphire which they are made of, with the nocturnal blue sky bedecked with stars which resemble the flowers of the palace-gardens. bich reflects the depressed mind of the young lady, who enters there being deceived by her friend, through similes between the abstract and the concrete. l {liikilz·im~·a dubsalziim 11 rcik:\·asibhi(l ~:ataglmiblzirnistriiJzsai(l piiitasiblzi(l 1 sarajcilaisca nicitiil]l yuddhabhumimil•otkatiim1 11 One cannot fail to appreciate the poetic beauty of the following sentences.

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