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Buddhist Parables

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About the Book: Buddhist Parables contains more than two hundred similes, allegories, parables, fables and other illustrative stories and anecdotes found in the Pali Buddhist texts and said to have been employed, either by the Buddha himself or by his followers, to convey religious and ethical lessons and the lessons of common sense. Much of the material has been translated into English for the first time. The book is a collection of specimens of an unusually interesting type of liter...

About the Book:

Buddhist Parables contains more than two hundred similes, allegories, parables, fables and other illustrative stories and anecdotes found in the Pali Buddhist texts and said to have been employed, either by the Buddha himself or by his followers, to convey religious and ethical lessons and the lessons of common sense. Much of the material has been translated into English for the first time.

The book is a collection of specimens of an unusually interesting type of literary composition, a text-book of the teachings of the Buddha, presented just as the Buddha and his followers presented them, by discourse and example; and a collection of good stories - all in one. It contains much that will interest children; it also contains much that will puzzle the profoundest philosopher.

About the Author:

The eminent American philologist Eugene Watson Burlingame was born August 5, 1876 at Albany, New York. He earned his B.A and M.A at Yale in 1898 and 1902. He studied at Harvard University from 1900 to 1910, but gained his Ph. D in 1910 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Harrison Fellow for research in Sanskrit, 1908 - 11. Then he studied at Johns Hopkins, 1914-16, where he was a Johnson Scholar in Sanskrit and comparative philology. Then based at Yale from 1917 he engaged in original investigations and publications in Indian philology and Hindu fiction. He was elected a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Besides his Buddhist Parables (1922), he published his doctoral dissertation on Buddhaghosa's Dhammapada Commentary (1910); The Act of Truth (1917); Buddhist Legends, 3 vols. (Harvard Oriental Series, 1928-30); The Grateful Elephant and Other Stories (1923); Parabole Buddhists (1926).

Burlingame never married.

Contents

Forewordvii
Prefacexxi
Acknowledgmentsxxv
Introductory Notexxviii
Note on Pali Namesxxx
Bibliographical Notexxx
Chapter I . Parables from the Book of the Buddha's Previoius Existences on the gratefulness of animals and the ungratefulness of man1-11
Chapter II. Parables from the Book of the Buddha's Previous Existences and from the Book of Discipline, on unity and discord16-28
Chapter III. Parables from the Book of the Buddha's Previous Existences on divers subjects30-55
Chapter IV. Parables from the Book of the Buddha's Previous Existences in early and late forms59-70
Chapter V. Parables from early sources on divers subjects73-77
Chapter VI. Humorous Parables from early and late sources79-90
Chapter VII. Parables from various sources on death92-107
Chapter VIII. Parables from the Long Discourses on the subjects: "Is there a life after death?"109-126
Chapter IX. Parables from Buddhaghosa's Legends of the Saints128-178
Chapter X. Parables from early sources on the Doctrine180-199
Chapter XI. Similes and short parables from the Questions of Milinda201-244
Chapter XII. Parables from the Long Discourses on the fruits of the Religious Life246-256
Chapter XIII. Parables from the Medium-Length Discourses on two kinds of herdsmen258-270
Chapter XIV. Parables from the Medium-Length Discourses on the Pleasure of Sense274-277
Chapter XV. Parables from the Medium-length Discourse on the fruit of good and evil deeds280-287
Chapter XVI. Parables of the Sacred Heart of Buddha289-336
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Item Code: IDC140 Author: Eugene Watson Burlinghame Cover: Paperback Edition: 1999 Publisher: Motilal Banarsidas Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 812081682x Language: English Size: 8.75" X 6.0" Pages: 379 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 450 gms
Price: $27.00
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