Download PDF Buddhism A History Religions of the World Author Noble Ross Reat – serv3.3pub.co.uk

Download PDF  Buddhism A History Religions of the World Author Noble Ross Reat – serv3.3pub.co.uk [Reading] ➼ Buddhism A History Religions of the World By Noble Ross Reat – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Beginning with a brief account of the life of the historical Buddha and his teachings the book looks into the schism that developed upon the death of the Buddha the various schools that evolved around Beginning with a brief account History Religions PDF È of the life of the historical Buddha and his teachings the book looks into the schism that developed upon the death of the Buddha the various schools that evolved around his teachings and the spread of these schools in all parts of the world a process which is still continuing today.


3 thoughts on “Buddhism A History Religions of the World

  1. Edward Edward says:

    Buddhism is at least 2500 years old now and ranks among the world's most ancient religions It would be an understatement to say that no one book could adeuately cover the entirety of this history and the author here acknowledges this point Any general survey has to start somewhere though and this book was useful from that perspectiveThe chapters trace the movement of Buddhism from its early semi legendary days with Shakyamuni Buddha up to its current status as an international religion found in the West Information about specific countries and their relationship with Buddhism is cursory and if you want to find out you'll have to acuire detailed works or do some googling But what emerges from this reading is a good bird's eye view of where and how Buddhism developed moving from its start in what is now NepalIndia then into Central Asia Southeast Asia China Korea and Japan As it traveled it took on new forms and variations suited to the people or circumstances of that age There is an interesting parallel with Christianity in that Buddhism is no longer a popular religion in its place of origin Very few Indians identify as Buddhist just as Christians are now a minority in the Middle East Something else which becomes clear while reading is that Buddhism was and still is not immune to human weakness There is a popular myth among Westerners that Buddhists never participate in war or violence which is not true In Japan alone Buddhist sects often fielded their own armies during the Warring States era forming alliances with clan armies and participating in local politics In China there were periods of grotesue corruption and greed among the Buddhist elite which eventually diluted its message of simplicity and wisdom In other words Buddhism is a human thing like other religions and is not perfect However it is highly adaptable and willing to accept change which is reflected not only in its teachings but in the journey it took to the present day


  2. William Thompson William Thompson says:

    Dense detailed dry though a few humorous anecdotes or maybe antidotes is the better term exist


  3. Ellison Ellison says:

    A straight forward history Dispassionate a little dull but well worth reading for anyone looking for an overview of the Buddhism's start and spread up to 1994


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