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Buddhism in Scripture and Practice

Written By: Paramahamsa, K. R.
Published By: Total Recall Publishing, 2007

In Scripture and Practice Buddhism arose more than 2500 years ago in India in an atmosphere of great philosophical ferment, when the philosophical sects such as Mimamsa, Vedanta, etc were systematized, but was independent of them. It incorporated what it considered to be the best from all sects, both the orthodox and the heterodox. It became one of the world's greatest religions, and contributed one of the highest of philosophies. The founder of Buddhism, Gautama, known to the world as the Buddha, the Enlightened, was the most influential individual to emerge from the then intellectually and religiously stimulating period in India. Buddhism, as a religious teaching, is valid independently of any special status of its founder, the Buddha. As a system of thought, and a spiritual thought, Buddhism ever remains theoretically valid. Buddhist philosophy, in its latest stages, looked so similar to Vedanta that it was eventually assimilated to it. As such, Buddhism gradually lost justification for separate existence and disappeared from India, except for a few border areas. It may be more appropriate to say that Buddhism has not disappeared from India, but has formed part of the Indian ethos and culture. This book gives a comprehensive account of the origin and evolution of Buddhism in India and outside, the philosophies of different schools of Buddhism, the pursuit of spirituality perfected in the Mahayana schools, leading ultimately to its assimilation with Vedanta.

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