By Chai-shin Yu
This can be a scholarly publication at the first hundred years of the institutional point of the Buddhist faith. within the booklet the writer has focused on the advance of Buddhism because it utilized to the monastic neighborhood in addition to the lay humans, dispelling the inspiration that Buddhism used to be just a philosophical approach fascinated with an self sufficient quest by means of a number of towards nirvana. even if there are many books available in the market facing the doctrinal facets of the faith, there are few that take care of the fundamental elements making it a well-liked faith, specifically the authority of the founder, the character of the groups and self-discipline inside of either monastic neighborhood and the lay. those elements are additional highlighted within the end the place they're in comparison with parallel advancements, throughout the related early interval, of Christianity. This clean technique is very enlightening to the overall reader and the scholars in non secular stories.
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Ssu Fen Lu, Taisho Taizokyo, Vol. 22, p. 595 : 42 Early Buddhism and C h ristianity gathering of three or more monks, and it constituted one o f the “ three treasures” together with Buddha and the dharma. ” 1 Since satiigha o r gana means “ community” , it cannot correctly be applied to one monk. From ancient times, satiigha has been used in C hina fo r one monk, but this is not the correct use of this term . "12- T his usage may be related to the concept of gana which refers to g ro u p s of people in the context of Upanifads.
Iii, 84). 2. Samyutta-Nikaya, (Kindred Sayings) Part pp. 243-244. , Samym ii, 221, and Buddha tells that they are true sons of I, tr. by Mrs. R. Davids, 32 Early Buddhism and Christianity him as their father; he had the authority of a king in presenting dharma and they were pleased to be called the sons of Sakya. Buddha was the king of dharma, and the disciples happily accepted the spiritual status of sons in the com m unity (sam gha). According to early Buddhist scriptures, it was essential fo r the monk to leave his home and give up everything.
33. 123 H e believed that only his experience of universal dharma was authoritative. His dharma-vinaya was fundamentally different from the castc-dharma, the metaphysico-social basis o f Hindu holy community,-1 which emphasized that each person m ust perform the duties assigned to him by his caste as the only route to liberation. Buddha’s disciples believed their master to be an om niscient teacher who was well grounded in dharma. They believed th at Buddha’s personality had balanced both his teachings and his actions, and they desired to follow his teachings and m odel in their attempts to attain nirvana.
Early Buddhism and Christianity : a comparative study of the founders' authority, the community, and the discipline by Chai-shin Yu