Overview for Buddha: His Life, His Doctrine, His Order
The Buddha is the central figure in a religion that advocates liberation from the transient material world. The Buddha was not only the Teacher of the Way and the producer of the unproduced path, he was the actuality of the teachings that he preached, the one who had lived them and had reached the goal. Buddha, His Life, His Doctrine, His Order offers a unique insight into the richness and abundance of human idealism and aspiration. It also provides a comprehensive and perceptive guide to one of the worldâ€™s most vital religions-a religion that today can count more than 300 million followers in Asia alone. As a living and flourishing religion it continues to expand and develop in regions where it would have been considered most alien only a century ago. Hermann Oldenberg considers the history of the religion, beginning with a detailed account of the life and teachings of the Buddha himself. The translator William Hoey has most successfully conveyed the ideas and aspirations of the author in this English version of the German original. Oldenberg sifts through the conflicts, schisms and varied perceptions attached to the legend of the Buddhaâ€™s life. This work is acknowledged internationally as one of the most authentic books on the Buddha and his teachings.
Hermann Oldenberg (Author)
Hermann Oldenberg (1854-1920) is considered as one of the greatest Indologists of Germany. After studying classical and Indian philology in Gottingen and Berlin, he became University Professor at Kiel and Berlin. He visited India in 1912-13. His contributions to Vedic and Buddhistic studies are vast. He translated the Dipavamsa, Rgveda and Grhyasutras into German. Of his many books like Buddha, sein Leben, seine Lehre, seine Gemeinde, Die Lehre der Upanischaden und die Anfange des Buddhismus, Die Literature des alten Indiens, among others, Die Religion des Veda (1894) is his most outstanding and oft-quoted work.