Buddhism in Scripture and Practice
Publication date: June 2007
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In Scripture and Practice
Buddhism arose more than 2500 years ago in India in an atmosphere of great philosophical ferment, when the philosophical sects such as Mimamsa, Vedanta, etc were systematized, but was independent of them. It incorporated what it considered to be the best from all sects, both the orthodox and the heterodox. It became one of the world's greatest religions, and contributed one of the highest of philosophies.
The founder of Buddhism, Gautama, known to the world as the Buddha, the Enlightened, was the most influential individual to emerge from the then intellectually and religiously stimulating period in India. Buddhism, as a religious teaching, is valid independently of any special status of its founder, the Buddha. As a system of thought, and a spiritual thought, Buddhism ever remains theoretically valid.
Buddhist philosophy, in its latest stages, looked so similar to Vedanta that it was eventually assimilated to it. As such, Buddhism gradually lost justification for separate existence and disappeared from India, except for a few border areas. It may be more appropriate to say that Buddhism has not disappeared from India, but has formed part of the Indian ethos and culture.
This book gives a comprehensive account of the origin and evolution of Buddhism in India and outside, the philosophies of different schools of Buddhism, the pursuit of spirituality perfected in the Mahayana schools, leading ultimately to its assimilation with Vedanta.
Author K.R. Paramahamsa was a retired civil servant in India borne on the Indian Administrative Service. He is Adjunct Faculty to the Hindu University of America in the USA. He is presently a resident of the Ashram of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai at Prashanthi Nilayam - 515134, India, in pursuit of spiritual advancement in his own little way.
K.R. Paramahamsa has created the website Sri Sathya Sai Veda Pratishtan at www.vedamu.org, which is the repository of all the Vedic texts in Devanagari and Grandha scripts. The website has audio of over 415 hours of Vedic chanting of ten Veda sakhas presently available in India, in different modes of chanting, in a representative way.
Table of Contents
About the Author
Chapter 01: Buddhism - An Overview
Chapter 02: Evolution of Buddhism
Chapter 03: The Teachings of the Historical Buddha
Chapter 04: Schools of Buddhism
Chapter 05: Samskaaras
Chapter 06: Abhidharma Philosophy
Chapter 07: Abhidharma Literature
Chapter 08: Epistemology
Chapter 09: Life's Ideal
Chapter 10: The Buddhist Way to Liberation
Chapter 11: Assimilation with the Vedanta