Heritage of the Bhikku: The Buddhist Tradition of Service

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Walpola Rahula's What the Buddha Taught is a perennial backlist bestseller and has proven to be an indispensable guide to beginning Buddhism. It is renowned for its authoritative, clear, logical, and comprehensive approach. The Heritage of the Bhikkhu is a vivid account of the Buddhist's monk's role as a servant to people's needs as a follower and teacher of the basic Buddhist principles. In this fascinating and informative volume, the author emphasizes Buddhism as a practical doctrine for daily living and ...
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Walpola Rahula's What the Buddha Taught is a perennial backlist bestseller and has proven to be an indispensable guide to beginning Buddhism. It is renowned for its authoritative, clear, logical, and comprehensive approach. The Heritage of the Bhikkhu is a vivid account of the Buddhist's monk's role as a servant to people's needs as a follower and teacher of the basic Buddhist principles. In this fascinating and informative volume, the author emphasizes Buddhism as a practical doctrine for daily living and spiritual perfection and not simply a monastic discipline. The Heritage of the Bhikkhu is a pioneering work that deserves to stand with the author's earlier masterpiece.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802140234
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition xi
Author's Preface xvii
Introduction to the Second Sinhala Edition xix
Preface to the First Sinhala Edition xxv
Chronology xxvii
1. Buddhism and Social Service 3
2. The Evolution of the Life of the Bhikkhu 8
3. The Councils 13
4. Introduction of Buddhism to Ceylon: The National Religion of the Sinhala People 16
5. Religio-Nationalism and National Culture 20
6. Fundamental Innovations 24
7. Study and Meditation: Academic Developments 29
8. Monasteries: Their Administration and Maintenance 34
9. Arts, Crafts, and Literature 40
10. National Freedom and the Protection of Peace 50
11. The Portuguese Period 55
12. The Dutch Period 58
13. British Rule 63
14. Struggle for Freedom: Rebellions 66
15. The Strength of Bhikkhus: Lay-Clergy Unity 68
16. British Tactics: Disruption of Lay-Clergy Unity 71
17. British Tactics: Confusion of Monastic Administration 79
18. British Tactics: Intrigues to Destroy Buddhism (Christian Education) 82
19. National and Religious Degeneration 90
20. The Revival 93
Postscript 98
Appendix I. What is Politics? 120
Appendix II. Bhikkhus and Politics: Declaration of the Vidyalankara Pirivena 131
Appendix III. The Kalaniya Declaration of Independence (January 6, 1947) 134
Appendix IV. Basic Points Unifying the Theravada and the Mahayana 137
Glossary of Terms 139
Notes 150
Bibliography 165
Index 168
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