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Mirror of Buddhism - Based on Pali Sources (An Old and Rare Book)

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Item Code: NAO527
Author: Harcharan Singh Sobti
Publisher: Eastern Book Linkers
Language: English
Edition: 1997
Pages: 395
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 560 gms
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The Buddha in one of his discourses, Kesaputta Sutta, included in Ariguttara Niktiya (A.ii.190), has expressed his views in respect of reading, listening and believing The Buddha was of the view that any idea is not true because one has read it in some Scriptures. It is not true either since one has heard it like that. Neither it is true because it has been believed to be true. The Buddha did not spare even himself and stated that it is not true because he has said it. The Buddha, infact, wanted that a person should learn to listen to his/her own experiences instead of listening to the Scriptures and others. What matters is one's own experience. The Buddha discovered the Nibbeinic state through this single device of Experience. This collection, besides providing informations, aims at to help those who wish to arrive at the state of Nibbana.

About the Author

HARCHARAN SINGH SOB 11 Born in 1937 at Dhamial, District Rawal Pindi, now in Pakistan. Migrated to Delhi in 1947 after Partition Pursued interdisciplinary studies in a regular way. Passed M.A. in Panjabi Language and Literature (1961); LL.B. (1978) M.A. in Philosophy (1980); all from University of Delhi. Awarder! Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies by the University of Delhi in 1983.

Editor's Preface

My teaching subject is, of course, Panjabi language and literature. But, some of my pupils, colleagues, friends and relatives, sometimes some of them casually and sometimes some of them seriously, prefer listening to my talks on Buddhism. Almost all of them have inherited religious traditions rooted in theism which advocates an idea of God as Person. So, they have number of prejudices against Buddhism and are heavily loaded with misconceptions regarding the Buddha and Buddhism. I recall one such misconception regarding the portrait of the Buddha.

One day, one of my relatives, an elderly person, came to my house. He was terribly annoyed when he saw the portrait of the Buddha in my drawing room and instantly advised me to immediately remove it, because, dukkha and the Buddha go hand in hand. Naturally, I could not stand what he had said, but, the very idea of the Buddha helped me to remain sober and to maintain serenity. Any how, I asked the person whether or not what he had said was the result of his own experience? Very innocently he remarked that 'No! I had only heard like that'.

The Buddha in one of his discourse, Kesaputta Sutta included in Ariguttara Niktiya(A.H.190); has expressed his views in respect of reading, listening and believing. The Buddha was of the view that any idea is not true because one has read it in some scriptures. It is not true either that someone has heard it like that. Neither it is true because it has been believed to be true. The Buddha did not spare even himself and stated that it is not true because he has said it. The Buddha, in fact, wanted that a person should learn to listen to his/her own experiences instead of listening to the scriptures and others. What matters is one's own experience. The Buddha discovered the Nibbanic state through this single device of Experience.

Contents

  Editor's Preface ix-x
  Editor's Note xi
  Abbreviations xii-xiv
1 The Life of the Buddha  
i The Buddha: Introductory  
ii The story of Sumedha  
  Translated from the Introduction to theJataka  
iii A List of Former Buddhas  
  Translated from the Introduction to the Jhataka  
iv The Characteristics of Future Buddha  
V The Birth of the Buddha  
  Translated from the Introduction to the Jataka  
vi The Young Gotamid Prince  
  Translated from the Introduction to theJataka  
vii The Great Retirement  
  Translated from the Introduction to the Jataka  
viii The Great Struggle  
  Translated from the Introduction to the Jataka  
ix The Attainment of Buddhaship  
  Translated from the Introduction to Jataka  
x First Events after the attainemtn of Buddaship  
  Translated from the Maha-vagga and constituting the opening sections 1-89
2 The Quest of the Historic Sakya-Muni 90-96
3 Mahavira and the Buddha 97-150
4 Some ancient Indian Kings 151-176
5 Buddhist councils 177-213
6 Dukkha 214-231
7 The Buddhist Conception f Mara 232-250
8 Image of Woman as Reflected in Jatakas 251-260
9 Samsara or Buddhist Philosophy of Birth and Death 261-271
10 The Buddhist Vinay Discipline of Buddhist Commandments 272-284
11 The Middle way between war and peace 285-292
12 Sila 293-310
13 Nibbana 311-343
14 The Home of Pali 344-359
  Bibliography  
  Index  

 








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