By Peter Harvey
This e-book is a entire creation to Buddhist culture because it has built in 3 significant cultural components in Asia, and to Buddhism because it is now constructing within the West. it truly is meant to be a textbook for college students of spiritual and Asian reviews, however it can also be of curiosity to people who desire a normal survey of Buddhism and its ideals. not like many different basic books approximately Buddhism, it not just explores the area perspectives of the faith but additionally makes an attempt to teach how Buddhism capabilities as a collection of practices. It hence contains chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are concerning Buddhist teachings and historic advancements. Emphasizing because it does the range stumbled on inside varied Buddhist traditions, the booklet goals all through to underline universal threads of trust, perform and historic continuities which unify the Buddhist international. Dr. Harvey solutions questions which are usually requested via humans on first assembly the culture, and in his part on Nirvana bargains a unique interpretation of this final, transcendent secret.
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But the primary vehicles for the counter-invasion were texts produced primarily in Europe, though also in Anglo-India and other imperial enclaves, in response to the foreign human contacts, artifacts, and manuscripts already mentioned. The end of the eighteenth century saw accelerated publication of translations, government reports, travelogues, and missionary narratives, among other types of texts, issued from or pertaining to countries with ties to Buddhism. Many examples of each of these genres exist, but then genre boundaries often were far from distinct.
Arnold’s The Light of Asia, beyond being a bestseller, was a cultural phenomenon in England, as well as in America and India. Though it has received scant critical attention since the nineteenth century, “Immediately after its first publication in 1879 it became one of the most popular long Victorian poems; its author . . achieved overnight fame throughout the English-speaking world, and for two or three decades the poem exercised an intellectual and religious influence out of proportion even to the hundreds of thousands of copies which it sold” (Clausen, Light 1).
As comparative religion focused on Buddhism, so the debate that soon swelled the intellectual, popular, and religious presses focused on the figure of the Buddha. Multiple articles published in France, Germany, England, and America offered accounts of the life of Buddha to a newly fascinated readership. 5 Even some critics of Buddhism acknowledged the saintliness, wisdom, and compassion of its founder. 6 In addition, the picture of Siddhartha Gautama emerged as one who had broken from the “Brahmanical hierarchy” much as Jesus later broke from Judaism and as the Church of England broke from “priest-ridden” Catholicism (Almond 72).
An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices by Peter Harvey