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1 Richard F. Gombrich
Buddhist Precept and Practice: Traditional Buddhism in the Rural Highlands of Ceylon
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8120807804 / 9788120807808; Hardcover; New; New; 
When this book was first published in 1971, under the title Buddhist Precept and Practice, The Times Literary Supplement Wrote: “This is an epoch-making piece of research which must mark a change in direction and appreciation if it is taken seriously and studied in details. Dr. Gombrich is concerned with religious change in belief and practice, not only in modern times but over the two and a half millennia during which Buddhism has flourished. He concludes that Sinhalese Buddhism has been remarkably conservative and rejects the assumption that it degenerated from an original high standard, by questioning whether it ever was as pure as a superficial reading of classical texts might suggest. It would be very difficult to provide a combination of scholarship and sympathy such as that which pervades Dr. Gombrich’s book and makes it a landmark in the study of religion. “Out of print for many years, the book is now republished corrected but substantially unchanged.Printed Pages: 442. 102349

Price: 15.00 USD
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2 Richard F. Gombrich
How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8121508126 / 9788121508124; Reprint; Hardcover; New; New; 
This book takes a fresh look at the earliest Buddhist texts and offers various suggestions how the teachings in them had developed. Two themes predominate; firstly, it argues that we cannot understand the Buddha unless we understand that he was debating with other religious teachers, notably Brahmins. For example, he denied the existence of a "soul"; but what exactly was he denying? Another chapter suggests that the canonical story of the Buddha's encounter with a brigand who wore a garland of his victims' fingers probably reflects an encounter with a form of ecstatic religion. The other main theme concerns metaphor, allegory and literalism. By taking the words of the texts literally-despite the Buddha's warning not to-successive generations of his disciples created distinctions and developed doctrines far beyond his original intention. One chapter shows how this led to a scholastic categorisation of meditation. Failure to understand a basic metaphor also gave rise to the later argument between the Mahayana and the older tradition. Perhaps most important of all, a combination of literalism with ignorance of the Buddha's allusions to Brahmanism led Buddhists to forget that the Buddha had preached that love, like Christian charity, could itself be directly salvific. Printed Pages: 191. 033808

Price: 14.25 USD
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3 Richard F. Gombrich
Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo
Routledge; New York ,USA; 2002; 0415075858 / 9780415075855; Reprint; Paperback; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 247. Slightly rubbed cover. 025806

Price: 25.00 USD
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