A BUDDHIST BIBLE DWIGHT GODDARD PDF

The importance of this book lies in its role in the development of American Buddhism as well as, of course, in the texts themselves. In the latter role, he travelled to the East and became interested in Eastern Religions -- a seeker in the true sense of the term. In the s, while in his 60s he produced this collection of texts, many of which he translated himself, which give a broad view of the nature of the teachings of Buddhist schools. The book helped teach Buddhism to Americans beginning in the s. He carried the book with him wherever he went and used it as the basis of whatever knowledge of Buddhism he had.

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The importance of this book lies in its role in the development of American Buddhism as well as, of course, in the texts themselves. In the latter role, he travelled to the East and became interested in Eastern Religions -- a seeker in the true sense of the term.

In the s, while in his 60s he produced this collection of texts, many of which he translated himself, which give a broad view of the nature of the teachings of Buddhist schools. The book helped teach Buddhism to Americans beginning in the s. He carried the book with him wherever he went and used it as the basis of whatever knowledge of Buddhism he had. The main value of this book, though, is not in its role in Buddhist history in the United States but lies in the texts themselves. Goddard presents in one volume a selection of primary source materials from the Theravada, Manayana, Zen, Tibetan, and other Buddhist traditions.

Many of these texts have been more recently translated, but the translations in this book are readable, at the least and they are all in one volume. They are not easy reading and will require many rereadings, but they do present a compiliation of basic Buddhist materials for those wishing to benefit from them. My own familiarity with Buddhist texts is primarily with the earlier texts in Theravada Buddhism.

This book is comparatively light on Theravada texts but gave me the opportunity to read the texts of other Buddhist Schools. I have found that many people interested in Buddhism restrict themselves to the practice of meditation or to books setting out Buddhist teachings rather than availing themselves of the original source materials.

This book is a great way to read the original texts. There will be something of meaning in them for you.

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He was ordained in and was sent to China as a Congregational missionary. He was interested in non-Christian religions and as a result of this curiosity began to study various denominations of Buddhism. He was so impressed with it that he moved to Japan where he met D. It was situated on forty acres in southern California adjacent to the Santa Barbara National Forest and also on rural land in Thetford, Vermont.

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