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Buddhism: A Way of Life and Thought

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Explains the origins, development and basic principles of the religion followed by nearly one-quarter of the people on earth.

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No better, no more clear and attractive guide to an understanding of the simple yet penetrating principles of the great Indian teacher's philosophy could be imagined than this work of Nancy Wilson Ross.

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"The lucid and graceful ease with which Nancy Wilson Ross reviews the history and elucidates the methods of the great schools of Buddhism is unmatched - as far as I know - in the literature of the subject."     ~Joseph Campbell

Excerpt

"We in the West tend to ignore, push aside or recoil from death. Some part of our unexpressed fear and repugnance must surely be related to that ego identification with the body and mind which the Buddha was so interested in dispelling and which is the aim of all Buddhist meditation techniques.

Asians in general, Tibetans in particular, have an altogether different attitude towards the physical body when it is no longer occupied by its departed consciousness; in fact, they often offer corpses as a supreme act of charity to hungry birds or animals...

Tibetans' casual attitude toward corpses is, however, in marked contrast to their attentive behavior at the very hour of death and immediately after it has occurred."

Author Ross, Nancy Wilson
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 208 pp.
Publisher Vintage Books 1981
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