By David J. Kalupahana
The current paintings has, considering its unique e-book in 1976, provided an unequaled advent to the philosophical ideas and ancient improvement of Buddhism. Now, representing the end result of Dr. Kalupahana's thirty years of scholarly learn the mirrored image, 'A historical past of Buddhist Philosophy' builds upon and surpasses that prior paintings, delivering a very reconstructed, certain research of either early and later Buddhism.
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As a result the brahman class lost the opportunity to practice its meaningless sacrifices and was deprived of its privileged position of intermediary between humanity and divinity. Although not every Brahmanical religious teacher or philosopher was willing to renounce his practices and ideas, some leaders, such as the Kassapa brothers,8 were converted along with their large retinues. Recognizing the futility of attempting to bring about a total revolution in human society and institutions, and assuming that “small is beautiful,” the Buddha proceeded to organize the Order of monks and nuns in a manner that reflected his own philosophy.
One classic is E. J. Thomas’ The Life o f Buddha as Legend and History (1927). A second work of rare scholarship is by Bhikkhu Nyanamoli. His The Life o f the Buddha (1972) consists of translations of selec tions from the Pali canon and commentaries carefully sorted out and identified by their authors, such as reports by Ananda or Upali, who were the Buddha’s immediate disciples, or explanations by traditional commentators. Working with scanty references to historical events, another way of reconstructing the life of the Buddha is to pay serious attention to the philosophical ideas he expounded and see how far these are reflected in his life and conduct.
Even his friends were surprised at the extreme levels to which he carried such practices. His fasting reduced his body to a mere skeleton, and at one stage he is said to have been on the verge of death. Six long years of mortification of the flesh made him realize the futility and meaninglessness of such deprivation, and he abandoned this way of life. At this point his five friends, who had been helping and watching him with great anticipation left him in disgust. After regaining his strength, Siddhârtha moved to a quiet place on the banks of the Neranjarâ River near Gayà.
A History of Buddhist Philosophy: Continuity and Discontinuity by David J. Kalupahana