Sacred Literature

Sacred Literature

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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: ... of ideas, etc. i. The Dhamma Sangani most probably belongs to the fourth century B.c. It gathers up, in the form of a catechism, the substance of Buddhist teaching concerning sensation, and in its questions and replies gives a very searching and complete analysis of psychological ethics from the standpoint of Buddha's philosophy. It is separated into Three Books and a supplement, through each of which the deductive method is minutely carried out, in such a way as to give the various words and ideas used in the works of the Sutta Pitaka a place in a systematic psychology. "Its real title literally translated is Compendium of States (or Phenomena). It is not a treatise but a manual or text-book. Its subject is ethics. Its method is in great part an analysis of the psychological and psychophysical data of ethics." (Cf. Mrs Rhys Davids, A Buddhist Manual of Psychological Ethics of the Fourth Century B.C.) Book 1, The Genesis of Thoughts, contains three parts. The five chapters of Part i. deal with good states of consciousness under the respective categories of the eight main types of thought relating to the sensuous universe, with good in relation to the universes of form and of the formless, with degrees of efficacy in good relating to the three realms, and with thoughts engaged upon the higher ideal (the four paths). The character and method may be realised from the following: --iltiestion I.--"Which are the states that are good?" Answer.--"When a good thought concerning the sensuous universe has arisen, which is accompanied by happiness and associated with knowledge, and has as its object a sight, a sound, a smell, a taste, a touch, a state, or what not, there there is contact, feeling, perception, etc., etc. (with an...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512006
  • 9781236512000