Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown

By Damien Keown

This available quantity covers either the lessons of the Buddha and the mixing of Buddhism into everyday life. What are the particular gains of Buddhism? What or who's the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist idea built over the centuries, and the way can modern dilemmas be confronted from a Buddhist point of view? phrases reminiscent of "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, yet what do they honestly suggest? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory point for a few years, and during this publication he offers a full of life, not easy reaction to those commonly asked questions.

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Also, sir, there are other recluses and Brahmins who come to Kesaputta. These also Discourse to the Ka¯la¯mas 21 explain and proclaim their own doctrines, while the doctrines of others they abuse, despise, treat with contempt, and condemn. Sir, we are in doubt and perplexity about this. ” 3. “Indeed, it is proper to be in doubt, Ka¯la¯mas, and to be perplexed. When there is a doubtful situation, perplexity arises. ’ But when you know for yourselves: ‘These things are unwholesome, blameworthy, reproached by the wise, when undertaken and performed lead to harm and suffering’—these you should reject.

The noble disciple is neither plied with promises of an afterlife nor guaranteed great rewards for moral actions, as in many other religious traditions. Discourse 188 189 1. Thus have I heard. At one time, the Exalted One was walking on tour in Kosala with a large contingent of bhikkhus and arrived at a town named Kesaputta. The Ka¯la¯mas of Kesaputta heard that the recluse Gotama, son of the Sakyans, the one who went forth from the Sakyan clan, had arrived. And this good report was spread about concerning the venerable Gotama; the Exalted One is described as: “an arahant, a fully awakened one, endowed with knowledge and virtue, a Well-Farer, a knower of the world, an unsurpassed charioteer of human beings who are like horses to be tamed, a teacher of devas and human beings, a Buddha, an Exalted One.

7 8. “Then I had this thought: ‘This dhamma that I have attained is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, peaceful, excellent, beyond reasoning, subtle, and to be experienced by the wise. But this generation delights in worldly attachment, revels in worldly attachment, and rejoices in worldly attachment. 8 Also, this doctrine is hard to see, namely, the tranquillizing of all dispositions to action, the renunciation of all attachments, the destruction of craving, dispassion, cessation, and nibba¯na.

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