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Book Title: Inside Tibetan Buddhism: Rituals and Symbols Revealed|
The author of the book: Robert A.F. Thurman
Date of issue: February 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780006382997
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 398 KB
Edition: Collins Publishers San Francisco
Read full description of the books Inside Tibetan Buddhism: Rituals and Symbols Revealed:"Religion is defined appropriately as a system of beliefs and practices that bind our lives in patterns of meaningfulness, especially taking care of the difficulties that threaten the pattern; the sense of chaos and the realities of injustice, suffering, death. Thus religion is a "re-binding" (re-ligare), a reinforced "holding" of human lives into a prescribed and beneficial pattern. Theistic religions of the West and East focus around the belief in a "Creator God" or "Power" that controls life, is responsible for order, and saves us from suffering and death. This belief is usually presented as non rational, even contradictory to reason or common sense, but based on the authority of scripture or tradition. Buddhism is religious in a slightly different way than other religions.
Buddha rejected the reality of such creator. He taught that human reason and practical common sense were a higher authority than any scripture or tradition. buddhist salvation is a liberation achieved by a person through direct knowledge of his or her fully reality and the true nature of the world. Thus buddhism is a system of education, a process of discovery that leads out of the habitual world of ignorance, unconsciousness, and suffering. It is a critique of all belief systems rather than a pattern of beliefs.
For many ordinary people in Asia, Buddhism does serve as a religion. They believe that there are gods with limited but considerable powers, and that the Buddha and various Bodhisattvas are a type of "saviour" whose blessing alleviates suffering for the time being, and whose teaching methods can eventually free them from suffering altogether. They tend to feel that they will have the opportunity to learn those methods only in their future lives."
Read information about the authorTenzin Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair of Buddhist Studies in the United States. He is the author of the bestseller Inner Revolution, as well as Anger, Infinite Life, and other popular books. He is also a translator of Tibetan texts. He serves as co-founder and president of Tibet House US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the endangered culture of Tibet.
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