The foundations of buddhism the cultural context buddhism arose in northeastern india sometime between the late 6th century and the early 4th century bce a period of great social change and intense religious activity there is disagreement among scholars about the dates of the buddhas birth and death. In this introduction to the foundations of buddhism rupert gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of buddhism thervada tibetan and eastern that exist in the world today. Buddhism is a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over 2500 years and which is now followed by around 115 million people in this introduction to the foundations of buddhism rupert gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of buddhism thervada tibetan and eastern which . The foundations of buddhism by rupert gethin is a perfect introduction to buddhism the text is readable but scholarly and gethin focuses on buddhist scripture so his analysis is closer to what devout buddhists think discuss and practice than the often drippy new agey buddhist texts ive paged through in my local bookstore. The foundations of buddhism the three jewels 1 buddha 2 dharma 3 sangha the three refuges 1 i take refuge in buddha and i wish all sentient beings will awaken to the great path and make the supreme resolution 2 i take refuge in dharma and i wish all sentient beings will penetrate the sutras their wisdom as deep as the ocean
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