Download e-book for kindle: An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and by Peter Harvey

By Peter Harvey

ISBN-10: 0521313333

ISBN-13: 9780521313339

This publication is a accomplished creation to Buddhist culture because it has built in 3 significant cultural parts 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 stories, however it may also be of curiosity to those that need a basic survey of Buddhism and its ideals. in contrast to many different common books approximately Buddhism, it not just explores the realm perspectives of the faith but additionally makes an attempt to teach how Buddhism features as a suite of practices. It therefore contains chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are with regards to Buddhist teachings and historic advancements. Emphasizing because it does the range chanced on inside of assorted Buddhist traditions, the publication goals all through to underline universal threads of trust, perform and historic continuities which unify the Buddhist international. Dr. Harvey solutions questions which are usually requested by way of 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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All the barriers between the Sensory functions are removed, and there is a perfect interfusion running between them; each Vijnana then functions for the others.  By thus taking hold of the Mind−essence, there is a "perfect interfusion" of all the six Vijnanas, which constitutes enlightenment.  This is why the unattainability of Sunyata is so much talked about in all the Mahayana sutras.  But when there is anywhere any clinging of any sort, and an ego−mind is asserted, the Essence is no more there, the mysterious Lotus fades.

Because in all things neither being nor non−being is to be taken hold of. Further, Mahamati, there are three attachments deep−seated in the minds of the ignorant and simple−minded.  When one is cut off from this attachment, no signs will be seen indicative of attachment or of non−attachment.  Below is a synopsis of it.  The Buddha tells him that all spiritual discipline must grow out of a sincere heart and that much learning has no practical value in life, especially when one's religious experience is concerned.

Therefore, it is said: There are the Dhyana for the examination of meaning, the Dhyana practised by the ignorant, the Dhyana with Tathata for its object, and the pure Dhyana of the Tathagata. The Yogin, while in the exercise, sees the form of the sun or the moon, or something looking like a lotus, or the underworld, or various forms like sky, fire, etc. All these appearances lead him to the way of the philosophers; they throw him down into the state of Sravakahood, into the realm of the Pratyekabuddhas.

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