By Satkari Mookerjee

It is a loose translation of 2 Buddhist texts on what's arguably the preferred of all Buddhist conceptions of a terrific international, the "Land of Bliss" of the Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of endless mild. the 2 texts, identified to Western scholars of Buddhism because the "Smaller" and "Larger" Sukhavatiyuha Sutra, clarify the stipulations that result in rebirth within the natural Land and the way during which humans are reborn there. The longer of the 2 texts additionally tells the tale of the way the Buddha of endless mild got here to preside over this marvel-filled paradise. either texts describe the format and the wonders of the natural Land, and the preconditions that result in rebirth during this Buddhist paradise. they shape the religious origin of natural religion that pervades East Asian Buddhism, a doctrine of religion the parallels Western doctrines of grace whereas reflecting a fancy historic and doctrinal cross-current of religion, attempt, and visionary faith. every now and then solemn, excellent, and funny, the money owed replicate the wealthy literary and spiritual mind's eye of India, alternately expressing summary conceptions and extreme feeling deeply rooted within the tradition and trust platforms that gave delivery to them. all the sutras is translated from Sanskrit and chinese language models to seize a few of the nuances that separate South Asian and East Asian varieties of natural Land religion. The translator, a number one Buddhist student, seeks to make the sutras obtainable to these simply vaguely acquainted with Buddhism and Buddhist principles through paraphrasing his interpretation of the textual content rather than echoing the syntax and floor meanings of the resource languages. just like the translations, the accompanying introductions are written for the nonspecialist. the current quantity containing a unfastened English rendering of either sutras might be via coming near near volumes that would include the unique texts with certain scholarly translations and notes. The Land of Bliss, the Paradise of the Buddha of Measureless mild is the 1st English translation in a century of 2 nice non secular classics of India and the area.

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The writings of Prof. Louis de La V&lle Poussin, Prof. Stcherbatsky, Prof. Guieseppe Tucci, Prof B. M. Barua, Prof. A. B. Keith, Dr. Nalinaksha Datta, Dr. E. J . Thomas and other scholars have already provided the learned world interested in Buddhism with elaborate and fairly wide account of the growth and development of Buddhist philosophy and religion. Any attempt in that line would necessarily involve a repetition or reduplication of much the same thing, though it is not denied that, there is room for expansion and elaboration even in that direction.

1 Ignorance of this peculiarity of the Indian mind has 1 H is to r y of Indian Philosophy, Vol. I, p. 71. INTRODUCTION xxxix been responsible for the so-called charge of scholasticism that has been laid at the door of Indian philosophy. Philosophy was not the fad of intellectual circles that indulged in these metaphysical gymnastics for mere intellectual satisfaction or for the purpose of whiling away their idle hours. It was, on the contrary, the earnest quest of truth and life’s purpose and nothing short of truth could give its votaries peace or satisfy their ardent minds.

And is this effect something distinct from the thing on which it is produced or not distinct ? If distinct, it will not destroy the thing, as there is no relation between the two. On the latter alternative, it is useless as nothing new is produced. Aviddhakarna, an old }Jaiyayika, whose opinions are frequently quoted in the Tattvasamgraha, but who has been entirely forgotten by the later Brahminical writers, has taken strong exception to the Buddhist position that destruction is spontaneous. He argues, destruction is neither contemporaneous with, nor antecedent to, an entity, but a subsequent event occurring in the next moment, as the Buddhist too would have it.

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