Buddhism; An Illustrated Review Volume 2, No. 1

Buddhism; An Illustrated Review Volume 2, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... sate, there seems to be no question, and the branch which Sanghamitta took with her was duly planted at Anuradhapura. This, as we shall see later on, forms to this day one of the most sacred relics among the Buddhists of Ceylon. King Devanampiyatissa died a few months before Mahinda; and shortly afterwards the Island was over-run by the Tamils, who for over half a century retained the mastery, and did their best to introduce Hinduism. They were eventually conquered by Dutthagamani, a grand-nephew of Tissa, a zealous Bud'dhist. He in his turn added temples and palaces to his several cities, reserving for the capital the glory of the Peacock Palace and a number of huge monasteries. A generation after his death the Tamils again endeavoured to over-run the Island, but were stubbornly resisted and severely beaten by Watta Gamini, nephew of Dutthagamani, in 88 B. C. Apart altogether from the buildings which owed their existence to his liberality, there is a lustre attaching to his reign from the fact that at this King's instigation the Buddhist Law was first put into writing in Ceylon. Until this date the whole Canon had been handed down orally. This system of oral transmission may, and often does, to a Western mind seem anything but a safe method. Monier Williams, in his Buddhism, tries to throw discredit on the purity of the Buddhist Scriptures on this ground; asserting that oral transmission leaves open grave possibilities of distortion or mutilation of the text; but Williams was apparently unable to rid himself of the false Western idea that books are the only means of handing down authentic records. To shew how this idea is utterly at variance with facts, we have only to turn to the Hindu Scriptures. As a great Orientalist has said, were every...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633857
  • 9781236633859