The Emergence of Buddhism (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Emergence of Buddhism Deals with the Brahmanical cosmology from which Buddhism emerged, the stories and myths surrounding the Buddha's birth, his path to enlightenment, and the eventual spread of his teachings. This work helps readers understand concepts such as the natural law of cause and effect (karma), the birth/life/death/rebirth cycle (samsara), and more.
- Published: 30 June 2006
- Format: Hardback 208 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780313328381 ISBN 10: 0313328382
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In the 6th century B.C.E., a young prince named, Siddhartha Gotama set out on an ascetic quest to alleviate human suffering. In the middle ground between opulence and self-denial, he discovered a path to enlightenment and self awareness - and he dedicated his life to sharing that discovery. He became known as the Buddha, the "Awakened One," and travelled as an itinerant monk, imparting principles of enlightenment throughout India and what is now southern Nepal. He was not worshipped as a god, but became teacher and model to ascetics, royalty, and townsfolk alike. In the 2,500 years that followed, through the spread of the Buddha's teachings and the monastic communities that upheld them, the world's "oldest missionary religion" has grown so that it now boasts over 350 million followers worldwide. The story of Buddhism unfolds through a series of narrative chapters, dealing with the Brahmanical cosmology from which Buddhism emerged, the stories and myths surrounding the Buddha's birth, his path to enlightenment, and the eventual spread of his teachings throughout India and the world. Kinnard's clear telling of the tale helps readers understand such complex concepts as the natural law of cause and effect (karma), the birth/life/death/rebirth cycle (samsara), the ever-changing state of suffering (dukkha), and salvation, the absence of all states (nirvana). Primary documents, illustrations, glossary and biographical sketches illuminate the extraordinary life and legacy of the man called the Buddha.