History of Indian Buddhism by Etienne Lamotte

By Etienne Lamotte

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From there, it described an immense curve around the region of the middle Ganges. It connected Saketa, Sravasti and Setavya in Kosala, Kapilavastu among the Sakya, 3 For the limits of the Buddhist Madhyade5a, cf. Virlaya, I, p. 197; Szii len Iii, T 1428, ch. 39, p. 846a; Shih sung Iii, T 1435; ch. 25, p. , III, part IV, p. 190; Oivya, p. 21; Yu pu p'i ko shih, T 1447, ch. I, p. 1053a. Cf. E. WALDSCHMIDT, Zur Sro'J(lko{ilcarrJ,a-Legende, NAWG, 1952, p. 147. 4 Sumangala, I, p. taka, III, p. , III, p.

293. Sarpyutta, III, pp. 140-2. This famous stanza is quoted in Madh. vrtti, p. 41. (31-32) INDIA AT THE TIME OF THE BUDDHA 29 there are the five aggregates, there is the being; such is common opinion. Everything that is born is just suffering, suffering what remains and what disappears; nothing else arises but suffering, no other thing than suffering ceases to be" 35 . However, one might say, comparison is not reason. : Be my body so, be not my body so 36 . In other words, if psycho-physical phenomena were the self or pertained to the Self, they could be controlled and directed, but such is not the case.

He spent his youth in comfort and pleasure; he contracted a marriage when he was about sixteen years old (550) and had a son whose name was Rahula. The revelation of the great mysteries of old age, disease and death inspired him with disgust for the world and, like many young people of his time, he resolved to win the Immortal, an undefined abode but which is 14 Among the many works devoted to the biography of Sakyamuni, we can recommend W. ROCKHILL, Life of Buddha, London, 1884; H. KERN, Manual of Indian Buddhism, Strasbourg,l8%, pp.

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