By Edward Conze
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From the preface:
This ebook units out to debate and interpret the most subject matters of
Buddhist suggestion in India.' The time isn't really but ripe for the production
of a entire educational instruction manual, and as a minimum such
an venture will require even more area than I had at my
disposal. there was no room to do justice to the limitless details
of Buddhist philosophizing, and likewise the references on the finish have
been stored short and can were extended indefinitely. The
emphasis is in all places on these elements of the doctrine which appear
to me to be for sure actual or major. all through i've got aimed
at furthering the knowledge, as designated from the naked knowledge,
of Buddhist considering. it should were more uncomplicated to thread jointly a
lot of quotations, yet what might were won in ostensible
erudition might were misplaced in demonstrable perception. In presenting
Buddhist philosophy as an intelligible, believable and legitimate approach, I
have by no means overpassed its functionality as a religious procedure designed to
win emancipation from this international. As opposite to the methods of the
whole international has this Dharma been proven. It teaches you not
to grab upon dharmas, however the international is wont to understand at something
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No Buddhist could find fault with Thomas 5 Kempis when he says:" 'One who possesses the true and perfect charity does not seek himself in anything, but it is his unique desire that the glory of God should operate in all things. ' All those who have thought out the implications of such self-extinction and have tried to realize it in themselves, have come to see how nearly impossible, how truly miraculous it is. It is not so much the result of dogmatic considerations, as the fruit of experience and observation, when the more thoughtful Christian theologians despair of the possibility of achieving selflessness without the intervention of some supernatural agency.
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Buddhist Thought in India, Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy by Edward Conze