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Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism (1916) (14779470734)


Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism (1916) (14779470734)



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Title: Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
Subjects: Buddha and Buddhism
Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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dering the subject of Buddhist morality, we can-not, in the first place, too strongly emphasize the fact thatit was no more the purpose of Gautama than of Jesus toestablish order in the world.1 Nothing could have beenfurther from his thoughts than the redress of social in-justice, nor could any more inappropriate title be devisedfor Him-who-has-thus-attained, than that of democrat orsocial reformer. A wise man, says the Dhammapada^should leave the dark state of life in the world and followthe bright state of life as a monk.2 1 Dhammapada, v, 412. The Buddhist, like the Tolstoyan Christian,has no faith in government. We read of spiritual lessons for princes,but the road of political wisdom is called an unclean path of false-ness (Jdtakamdld, xix, 2 7). The point is further illustrated in Gautamasrefusal to intervene when the message is brought that Devadatta hasusurped the throne of Kapilavatthu (supra, p. 32). 2 Ibid. 87, 88.126 VII THE VICTORY OF BUDDHA Abanindro Nath Tagore Page 126
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Ethics Gautamas message is addressed to those in whom heperceived the potentiality of final insight already upon thepoint of ripening: for these he speaks the word of releasefrom which arises the irresistible call to leave the worldand to follow—Nibbana. To the wise belongeth thisLaw, and not to the foolish : for children and those whoare like children (as Professor Oldenberg remarks) thearms of Buddha are not opened. It is not even just toGautama to contrast his Dhamma—the Buddhist Norm—with the Dharmas which are assigned to men of diversesocial status in the Brahmanical social order. In orderto view his doctrine without prejudice we must concentrateour attention upon the Sangha, the Order, which hefounded: we must compare his system, not with otherreligions, but with other monastic systems, and considerwhether or no its mental and moral discipline is calculatedto bestow on those who follow it, the salvation which theydesired. For Gautama certainly did not believe thatsalvation





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