The Tipitaka and Buddhism

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Buddhists follow the teachings of the Buddha, or the "enlightened one." They use the Buddha's teachings as a guide for living better and happier lives. These teachings are known as the dhamma. They are found in the many hundreds of texts which make up the sacred texts of Buddhism.

A discussion of Buddhism and some of its sacred texts.

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Overview

Buddhists follow the teachings of the Buddha, or the "enlightened one." They use the Buddha's teachings as a guide for living better and happier lives. These teachings are known as the dhamma. They are found in the many hundreds of texts which make up the sacred texts of Buddhism.

A discussion of Buddhism and some of its sacred texts.

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In Buddhism the concept of a sacred text is far different than in other mainstream religions. Buddhists rarely study their religious texts in the manner of Moslems, Christians, or Jews. Rather, the four hundred million Buddhists who live across the globe generally rely upon the interpreted teachings of Buddha and his spiritual apostles for their spiritual sustenance. One reason for this reality is that the Tipitaka, which is the textual under-girding for Theravada Buddhism, was originally written in Pali Sanskrit. However, translations of all or part of the words of Buddha continue to exert a deeply felt influence upon the Buddhists of the world. In The Tipitaka and Buddhism writer Anita Ganeri provides readers a fine introduction not only to this text but also to Buddhists beliefs in general. In Buddhism, as Ganeri points out in this excellent chapter in the "Sacred Texts" series, life is presented as a sequence of immutable changes. Buddhists believe that enlightenment comes from progressively overcoming attachment to the material ball and chain of daily existence. Through realizing that our entire material world is ephemeral, each life form can move on to a higher plane of being. Through meditation, compassion, selflessness, and focus, Buddhists believe that life can both be made more humane and present-oriented. These deep values are presented by the author of this illustrated work in a way that will help younger readers to become meaningfully introduced to one of the oldest religious faiths still practiced in our world. 2004, Smart Apple Media, Ages 10 to 14.
— Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583402467
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Series: Sacred Texts Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Buddhist sacred texts 6
Origins
The life of the Buddha 8
Collecting the sacred texts 10
Texts and Teachings
The Pali Canon 12
Popular texts 14
Mahayana scriptures 16
More Mahayana scriptures 18
Tibetan sacred texts 20
Study and Reading
Monks and libraries 22
In Daily Life
Daily practice 24
Special occasions 26
Glossary 28
Index 30
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