Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism (1916) (14779457814)

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Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism (1916) (14779457814)

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Identifier: buddhagospelofbu01coom (find matches)
Title: Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
Subjects: Buddha and Buddhism
Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress



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o go there. Whenthe Five Wanderers, whose chief was Kondanfia, perceivedthe Buddha afar off, they said together: My friends,here comes Gautama the Bhikkhu. We owe him noreverence, since he has returned to a free use of thenecessaries of life, and has recovered his strength, andbeauty. However, as he is well-born, let us prepare hima seat. But the Blessed One perceived their thought, 1 Great truths do not take hold of the hearts of the masses. . . . Andnow, as all the world is in error, I, though I know the true path—howshall I, how shall I guide ? If I know that I cannot succeed and yettry to force success, this would be but another source of error. Better,then, to desist and strive no more. But if I strive not, who will ? —Chuang Tzu. It is highly characteristic of the psychology of geniusthat when this doubt assails the Buddha he nevertheless immediatelyresponds to a definite request for guidance; the moment the pupil putsthe right questions, the teachers doubts are resolved. 38
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Plate B 38 THE FIRST SERMON, TURNING THE WHEEL OF THE LAW, AT BENARES Gupta period (5th century a.d.), Sarnath, Benares The First Turning of the Wheel of the Law and concentrating that love wherewith he was able topervade the whole world, he directed it specially towardsthem. And this love being diffused in their hearts, as heapproached, they could not adhere to their resolve, butrose from their seats and bowed before him in all reverence.But not knowing that he had attained enlightenment, theyaddressed him as * Brother. He, however, announcedthe Enlightenment, saying: O Bhikkhus, do not addressme as Brother, for I have become a Buddha of clearvision even as those who came before.Now the Buddha took his seat that had been preparedfor him by the Five Wanderers, and he taught themthe first sermon, which is called Setting in Motion theWheel of the Law, or the Foundation of the Kingdom ofRighteousness. There are two extremes which he who has gone forthought not to follow—habitual devoti

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