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The Saddharma-Pundarika free pdf Excerpt from The Saddharma-Pundarika: Or the Lotus of the True Law It consists of a series of dialogues, brightened by the magic effects of a would-be supernatural scenery. The phantasmagorical parts of the whole are as clearly intended to impress us with the idea of the might and glory of the Buddha, as his speeches are to set forth his all-surpassing wisdom. Some affinity of its technical arrangement with that of the regular Indian drama is visible in the prologue or Nidana, where Mangusri at the end prepares the spectators and auditors - both are the same - for the beginning of the grand drama, by telling them that the Lord is about to awake from his mystic slumber and to display his infinite wisdom and power. In the book itself we find it termed a Sutra or Sutranta of the class called Mahavaipulya. In a highly instructive discussion on the peculiar characteristics and comparative age of the different kinds of Sutras, Burnouf arrives at the conclusion that the Mahavaipulya Sutras are posterior to the simple Sutras in general. As there are two categories of simple Sutras, . those in which the events narrated are placed contemporary with the Buddha, those which refer to persons living a considerable time after his reputed period, e.g. A-roka, it follows that the composition of the Mahavaipulya Sutras must be held to fall in a later time than the production of even the second category of simple Sutras. Now in one of the latter, the Aroka-Avadina, we read of A-r-oka using the word dinara, which leads us to the conclusion that the said Avadina was composed, not only after the introduction of dinara from the West, in the first century of our. era or later, but at a still more modern time, when people had forgotten the foreign origin of the coin in question. The results arrived at by Burnouf may be right so far as any Mahaivaipulya Sutra, as a whole, is concerned- they cannot be applied to all the component parts of such a work. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."

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Author : H Kern
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331337267
EAN : 9781331337263
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 534 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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