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A Catena of Buddhist Scriptures from the Chinese

Samuel Beal (Author)
Synopsis The Buddhist Canon in China, as it was arranged between the years 67 and 1285 A.D, includes 1440 distinct works, comprising 5586 books. But these form only a fractional part of the entire Buddhist Literature. The present books is divided into parts. In the beginning the book contains an informative introduction. Part I contains Legends and Myths which includes - The Origin of the rivers; The Navel of the earth; The Habitable world; the Four great continents; On the Karma that leads to birth in these worlds: On the causes of the earthquakes; on the eight cold Hells; on the abode of the king Yama. The Superior Heaven; The thirty three heavens; The four divisions of Dhyana Heavens; the occupants of the Heaveans; General summary; The collective Universe; The extent of the different systems of the worlds; on the length of time called a Kalpa; On the kalpa of Perfection; on the various tiers of the world; on the names of the great numbers used in Buddhist books; Legend of Sakya; Origin of the Sakya family; Memoirs by Wang Puh; the various scenes of Sakya teaching; his methods of teaching; the various developments of his doctrine; the eternity of his law; his successors; the epitome of Buddha's life. Part II deals with Buddhism as a Religion - The necessity of meditation; Buddhism as a atheistic system; as a nihilistic system; The Nirvana - The character of Nirvana; Chinese definitions; the discussion found in the Mahaparinirvana Sutra. The Sutra of the forty-two Sections, The Pratimoksha, The Daily Manual of the Shaman., The Tian T'ai School of Buddhism. Part III is on the Scholastic Period - General division of the Buddhist development; Translation of Sutras. Part IV. Mystic Period - Definition of Mysticism; the convent at Nalanda; the worship of Kwan-yin; Part V. Decline and fall - Naga worship. In the end the book Contains Additional Notes, General Index, and Index of Proper Names, arranged Phonetically.
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About the author

Samuel Beal

Rev. Samuel Beal (1825-89), graduated in 1847 from Trinity College, Cambridge. Between 1852 and 1887 he worked as a Bishop in the British Navy and after retirement in 1888 became the Rector of Greens-Norton, Towcester. In 18777 he was appointed a lecturer in Chinese in the University College, London. His main contribution was to Buddhist studies and translations of the accounts of the Chinese travelers. His main publications include: Travels of Buddhist Pftgrims (translated from the Chinese, 1869); Catena of Buddhist Scriptures (translated from the Chinese, 1872); Romantic Legend of Buddha (1875); and Dhamma-pada, or Texts from the Buddhist Canon (1878).

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Title A Catena of Buddhist Scriptures from the Chinese
Author Samuel Beal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170301831
length xvi+436p., Notes; Index.