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The Essential Buddhism (Special Kindle Enabled Edition) An Introduction for Beginners ((Buddhism Belief and Teachings Library))

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The Essential Buddhism (Special Kindle Enabled Edition) An Introduction for Beginners ((Buddhism Belief and Teachings Library))

OVERVIEW:

The aim of this volume is to provide an introduction to the essentials of Buddhism by by bringing together a selection of its beautiful sentiments, and lofty maxims, and particularly including some of those which inculcate mercy to the lower animals.

On this point a far higher stand is taken by Buddhism than by Christianity—or at any rate than by Christianity as understood and interpreted by those who ought to know. Not only is the whole question of our duties to the lower animals commonly ignored in Christian works as, for instance. Very different in this respect is the tone of the average Buddhist treatise, with its earnest exhortations, recurring as a matter of course, to show mercy on every living thing; and this difference alone is an adequate reason for compiling a Buddhist anthology.

In regard to the sources quoted from, they do not all, by any means, possess canonical authority. But they are all distinctly Buddhist in character. The dates of the originals range from at least the third century B. C. to medieval and later times.

Of the numerous Buddhist works which have now been translated from some eight or ten eastern languages, the greater number, when regarded purely as literature, occupy a very low level. At times they are so remarkably dull and silly that the reader is inclined to ask why they were ever translated. But the one redeeming feature in the voluminous compositions of Buddhist writers is the boundless compassion which they consistently inculcate.

If we sometimes give to this injunction the sense of extending our sympathy to the lowest sentient being, and not causing pain to living creatures while they live, we shall perhaps not be doing violence to the spirit of mercy by which it was prompted. There are many passages in Buddhist works which advocate preference for the spirit over the letter, or the exercise of judgment in accepting what we are taught.

SPECIAL KINDLE ENABLED FEATURES:

This edition contains special Kindle enabled features, including interactive table of contents, text-to-speech capabilities which enable audiobook features, as well as words linked to the Kindle supplied built in dictionary

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