Buddhism in China by Samuel BealBuddhism in China by Samuel Beal

Buddhism in China

bySamuel Beal

Paperback | January 15, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter xviii. the future hope: nirvana. So much has been said on the subject of Nirvana, that little can be added to the information we already possess. Dr. Edkins, in a paper written for an Oriental Congress, has given us the following account of a conversation he held with a Buddhist priest sixty years of age, of good repute as a learned scholar, and reported to be the best-read monk in either of the eight monasteries which are found together in one nook of the western hills, ten miles from Peking. "Do you think there is a future life or not?" "We neither say there is or is not." "Do not some men at death become sheep, and others, horses?" "I do not say they will. There is one thing that is really important. It is good conduct, good morality." "Virtuous conduct," he added, "is the basis of all religion. As for dogmas, they are true for those who accept them." "What then of Nirvana, is it death or something different from death?" "No," he said, "it is not death, for it signifies the absence of birth and death." "What is your view of the dogma of the non-reality of existing things?" "Things are proved," he said, "to be not real by their destructibility. You burn them, they are reduced to ashes. You say you are an Englishman: you think of England and you are there. There is no reality in your thought. You are deluded if you think there is reality in it." He was very distinct, Dr. Edkins continues, on the point that definite belief is a fault. It is sticking to form. It is "cho yii siang" was his expression. This is literally sticking to form. The moment you form ideas too pronounced on the existence of a future life, or the Nirvana, or on the non-reality of existing things, you cease to become a consistent Buddhist. This priest belonged to the Lin-tsi branch of ...
Title:Buddhism in ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021769358X

ISBN - 13:9780217693585

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