The Essence of Buddhism

The Essence of Buddhism

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In this compilation no attempt has been made to present a general view of Buddhism as a religious or philosophical system. The aim has rather been to turn Buddhism to account as a moral force by bringing together a selection of its beautiful sentiments, and lofty maxims, and particularly including some of those which inculcate mercy to the lower animals. On this point a far higher stand is taken by Buddhism than by Christianity-or at any rate than by Christianity as understood and interpreted by those who ought to know. Not only is the whole question of our duties to the lower animals commonly ignored in Christian works as, for instance, in the famous Imitation of Christ, and scores of others; but, as if this were not enough, a reasoned attempt has actually been made, on the strength of Christian teaching, to explode the notion that animals have any right (e.g., in Moral Philosophy, by Father Joseph Rickaby). Very different in this respect is the tone of the average Buddhist treatise, with its earnest exhortations, recurring as a matter of course, to show mercy on every living thing; [6]and this difference alone is an adequate reason for compiling a Buddhist anthology.show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 3.05mm | 127.01g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507723652
  • 9781507723654

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