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Buddhist Scriptures

by E.J. Thomas


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This is a short collection of excerpts from Buddhist scripture, selected by an expert in the field. It includes several stories drawn from the Buddhas' life, including past lives from the Jataka. While less stress is placed on theological matters, the basics of the Buddha's message are all here.

Title Page
Editorial Note
I. The Dream of Queen Māyā
II. The Birth of Gotama
III. The Four Signs
IV. The Great Renunciation
V. The Chain of Causation
VI. The Beginning of Buddha's Preaching
VII. The Ordination of Yasa
VIII. The Ten Commandments
IX. The Fire Discourse
X. The Weaver's Daughter
XI. The Questions of Mālunkyāputta
XII. The Questions of Uttiya
XIII. The Questions of Vacchagotta
XIV. Birth-Story of the Blessings of the Commandments
XV. Birth-Story of King Mahāsīlava
XVI. Birth-Story of the City with Four Gates
XVII. The Pig-Faced Ghost
XVIII. The Jewel Discourse. A Spell
XIX. Dhaniya The Herdsman
XX. Buddha's Visit To Chunda
XXI. The Death of Buddha
XXII. The Non-Existence of Individuality
XXIII. Non-Individuality and Moral Responsibility