Hinduism and Buddhism: An Historical Sketch (Classic Reprint)

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The incarnate Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of Tibet are a travesty of the Mahayana which on Indian soil adhered to the sound doctrine that saints are known by their achievements as men and cannot be selected among infant prodigies 3. It was the general though not universal Opinion that one who had entered on the career of a Bodhisattva could not fall so low as to be reborn in any state. Of punishment, but the spirit of humility and self-effacement which has always marked the Buddhist ideal tended to represent his triumph as incalculably distant. Meanwhile, although in the whirl of births he was on the upward grade, he yet had his ups and downs and there is no evidence that Indian or Far Eastern Buddhists arrogated to themselves special claims and powers on the ground that they were well advanced in the career of Buddhahood. The vow to suppress self and follow the light not only in this life but in all future births contains an element of faith or fantasy, but has any religion formed a nobler or even equivalent picture of the soul''s destiny or built a better staircase from the world of men to the immeasurable spheres of the superhuman?

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Author(s) - Charles Eliot

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ISBN - 9780265943090

Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm

Page Count - 325

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ISBN - 9781440035739

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