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Gotama Buddha; a biography (based on the canonical books of the Theravādin)

Author: Kenneth J Saunders
Publisher: New York, Association Press, 1920.
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Saunders, Kenneth J. (Kenneth James), 1883-1937.
Gotama Buddha.
New York, Association Press, 1920
(OCoLC)644566835
Named Person: Gautama Buddha.; Gautama Buddha.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth J Saunders
OCLC Number: 1139064
Description: xii, 113 pages frontispiece (map) 19 cm
Contents: 1. The early life of Gotama --
The early civilization of Buddhist India: --
a. Political divisions --
b. Social life --
The birth of Gotama --
His childhood --
Formative influences --
Education in religion and politics --
His marriage and heritage --
His desire to serve his people --
The great adventure --
2. Quest and conquest --
The spirit of his quest. The method of its accomplishment: --
a. Visit to Rajagaha --
b. Solitary vigil at Uruvela and ascetic practices --
c. The return to more normal life --
d. The dawn of enlightenment at Budhgaya. Its meaning and the doctrine of Nibbana, which Gotama based upon it: --
a. As understood by the masses --
b. As interpreted by the initiated --
Gotama's doctrine of the "self," and his agnosticism as to certain great metaphysical problems --
Gotama's mission --
he meets the Jain monk Upaka --
he visits his five pupils and preaches a sermon to them --
The "golden mean," and the "noble eight foldpath." --
His second discourse, and manner of preaching: --
the meagerness of the records --
His third sermon more like real preaching --
Sending out the first disciples --
3. Gotama at the height of his power --
The success of their mission and some reason for it --
Conversion of the two leaders, Moggallana and Sariputta --
Kassapa, another notable convert, and some humbler folk --
Gotama visits his home and converts his family --
Ananda and other relatives join him --
Some notable lay adherents --
Gotama as peacemaker --
Admission of women to the Sangha --
Some flies in the ointment: --
a. Criticism of the people of Magadha --
b. Temptations to skepticism and to worldly power --
c. Disloyalty within the order, and some attacks from without --
The rival sects --
The ruling princes of Magadha and Kosala --
Gotama's dealings with them and his method lay people --
The dubious chronology of the records --
4. The daily life of Gotama and his disciples --
The organization of the Sangha, a gradual growth: --
a. The institution of Vassa: --
b. The daily routine --
The Sangha a strange deomocracy --
the higher truth confirmed to them --
The method of ordination --
Gotama's versatility in dealing with men, e.g. King Agnidatta, the Bharadvaja, a bereft mother, and a sorrowing grandmother --
A moonlight idyll of the monastic life --
The appointment of Anada as personal attendant --
The unruly monks. 5. The old age and death of Gotama --
Gotama and the parricide, Ajatasattu --
Devadatta's "black magic" and schism --
The sorrows of Gotama the aged --
His meeting with a contemporary --
The tribute of a modern Indian and of a modern Japanese disciple --
The last days and passing of Gotama --
His relics --
the date of his death --
6. The secret of Gotama --
His profound and far-reaching influence due to --
a. His personal magnetism --
b. His sane and strong moral teaching --
c. His position as a warrior-chief --
d. The essential democracy of the Sangha --
e. Their earnestness and joyous conviction --
The estimate of the early disciples --
Growing devotion to his person --
Did he encourage it? --
Yes and no --
he put loyalty to his teaching first --
Gotama as both surgeon and physician --
some examples of dry humor --
7. Gotama as teacher --
Gotama primarily a teacher a teacher of morals --
his diagnosis of the world's illness --
his method of cure: --
a. Clear thinking and right analysis --
b. Moral zeal --
Discussion of this method --
Appreciation of the ends to which he used it --
a. To cast out anger --
b. To cure lust --
The method of analysis psychologically studied --
The four noble truths --
The higher ranges of his teaching --
A radical defect: --
no tru conception of God --
Gotama in free will --
Summary: --
Gotama partially mistaken, yet himself an embodiment of the divine quality of love.
Responsibility: [by] Kenneth J. Saunders ...

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