An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and by Peter Harvey PDF

By Peter Harvey

ISBN-10: 0521313333

ISBN-13: 9780521313339

This ebook is a finished creation to Buddhist culture because it has constructed in 3 significant cultural components in Asia, and to Buddhism because it is now constructing within the West. it's meant to be a textbook for college students of spiritual and Asian reports, however it can be of curiosity to those that need a normal survey of Buddhism and its ideals. not like many different normal books approximately Buddhism, it not just explores the area perspectives of the faith but in addition makes an attempt to teach how Buddhism capabilities as a suite of practices. It hence comprises chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are relating to Buddhist teachings and old advancements. Emphasizing because it does the range stumbled on inside of assorted Buddhist traditions, the ebook goals all through to underline universal threads of trust, perform and old continuities which unify the Buddhist international. Dr. Harvey solutions questions which are usually requested through humans on first assembly the culture, and in his part on Nirvana deals a unique interpretation of this final, transcendent secret.

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In short, his life makes the following statement: “This is the way that you should pursue your spiritual path. You must bear in mind that the attainment of enlightenment is not an easy task. ” Therefore, right from the beginning, it is crucial to harbor no illusions of a swift and easy path. As a spiritual trainee, you must be prepared to endure the hardships involved in a genuine spiritual pursuit and be determined to sustain your effort and will. You must anticipate the multiple obstacles that you are bound to encounter along the path and understand that the key to a successful practice is never to lose your determination.

In the context of the third factor, the Buddha explained the ultimate result, or complete attainment, of the Four Noble Truths—that is, the completed recognition of suffering, the completed abandonment of the origin of suffering, the completed realization of the cessation of suffering, and the completed actualization of the path to cessation. I personally find the teaching on the Four Noble Truths to be very profound. This teaching lays down the blueprint for the entire body of Buddhist thought and practice, thus setting up the basic framework of an individual’s path to enlightenment.

He asks us to be mindful and present in the moment, to be constantly vigilant in monitoring our attitudes, actions, and motivations, and to engage in a thorough-going research on our own mental functioning and examine the possibility of making some positive changes within ourselves. Not easy tasks! Few of us are capable of the monumental courage and iron determination required to achieve the enlightened state of Śākyamuni, Nāgārjuna, Milarepa, or Tsongkhapa, or the other saints and heroes. But we can, with sustained practice, bring more clarity to our minds and feel the warmth of our opening hearts.

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