The Emergence of Buddhism

The Emergence of Buddhism

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In the 6th century B.C.E., a young prince named Siddhartha Gotama renounced his opulent lifestyle and set out on a quest to alleviate human suffering. When he realized his goal--a path to enlightenment--he dedicated his life to sharing that discovery. From its itinerant beginnings in what is now southern Nepal, to its current following of over 350 million adherents worldwide, Buddhism has spread through teachings and principles rather than worship of the divine, earning the title of the world's qoldest missionary religion.q Primary documents, illustrations, a glossary, and biographical sketches illuminate the birth, enlightenment, travels, and legacy of the man called Buddha, the qAwakened One.qLittle of it is macroscopic, but that category does include some first-rate syntheses such as Jack Rakovea#39;s Original ... of the topic, a lengthy and sophisticated analysis of the current state of the law on that topic, a bibliographical essay thatanbsp;...

Title:The Emergence of Buddhism
Author:Jacob N. Kinnard
Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group - 2006


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