Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism: A Social-Psychological Exploration of the Origins of a World Religion / Edition 1by Torkel Brekke
Pub. Date: 10/28/2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Why did people in North India from the 5th century BC choose to leave the world and join the sect of the Buddha? This is the first book to apply the insights of social psychology in order to understand the religious motivation of the people who constituted the early Buddhist community. It also addresses the more general and theoretically controversial question of how world religions come into being, by focusing on the conversion process of the individual believer.
Table of Contents1. The Skandhaka of the Vinaya Pitaka and its Historical Value 2. The Early Samgha and the Laity 3. Conversion in Buddhism 4. Contradiction and the Merit of Giving in Indian Religions 5. The Role of Fear in Indian Religions with Special Reference to Buddhism 6. The Religious Motivation of the Early Buddhists
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