History of Indian Buddhism by Etienne Lamotte

By Etienne Lamotte

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By Etienne Lamotte

It's unanimously agreed that Professor Etienne Lamotte's
mastery of Buddhist Scriptures is displayed on each web page of his
impressive Histoire du Bouddhisme Indien. as a result, it isn't surprising
that once this epoch-making e-book used to be released, it
quickly turned so recognized and well known that introducing such a
masterpiece appears to be like unnecessary.

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It by our religionist schools have obscured a problem already complicated enough in itself. It remains nonetheless a fact that Buddhism could not be explained if it were not based on a personality powerful enough to give it the necessary impetus and to have marked it with its essential features which will persist throughout all history. Reduced to its main events, the life of Sakyamuni can be presented as follows. The proper name of the future Buddha was Siddhartha and his family name Gautama. He belonged to the sub-Himalayan clan of the Sakyas, a clan of uncertain origin but which had to a certain degree been subjected to brahmanical influence: hence the term Sakyamuni "the Sage of the Sakya clan" by which the Buddha is known even in the West.

THOMAS, Early Buddhist Scriptures, London, 1935; E. , Buddhist Texts through the Ages. Oxford, 1954. • 16 Vinaya, I, pp. 35, 242; Diglta, I, p. 62; Majjhirna, I, p. lyutta, V, p. 352; Ailguttara, I, p. 180, etc. 17 Diglta,III, p. 135; Anguttara, II, p. 24; Itivuttaka, p. 121; Chung a han, T 26, ch. 34, p. 645b 18; Upadc:Sa, T 1509, ch. I, p. 59c; Modified text in Madh. vrtti, pp. 366, 539; Paiijikii, p. 419; Lankiivatiira, pp. 142-3. 18 Divya, pp. 268, 272; T 310, ch. 102, p. 574a; T 190, ch. 41, p.

Aligramaka at the place where later the great city of Pa~aliputra was to be built. Rajagrha was five leagues from the Ganges, and was reached most often by passing through Nalanda, present-day Bargaon 8 • Ujjayini, the capital of Avanti, communicated overland with the great ports of the western coast : Bharukaccha (Broach) and Siirparaka (Sopara). - At the end of the seventh century of the ancient era, part of the population which inhabited the sixteen regions was organized into republics {glliJa) : they had no monarchs and the · affairs of state were settled by a council of elders and popular assemblies9.

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