BUDDHA: THE GOSPEL by PAUL CARUS
BUDDHA: THE GOSPEL
by PAUL CARUS
The Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus is modeled on the New Testament and tells the story of Buddha through parables.
The core Buddhist scriptures are contained in these two books, presented in a single volume, which detail the life of Buddha (in "The Gospel), the Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path.
To those not familiar with the subject it may be stated that the bulk of its contents is derived from the old Buddhist canon. Many passages, and indeed the most important ones, are literally copied in translations from the original texts. Some are rendered rather freely in order to make them intelligible to the present generation; others have been rearranged; and still others are ab-breviated. Besides the three introductory and the three concluding chapters there are only a few purely original addi-tions, which, however, are neither mere literary embellishments nor deviations from Buddhist doctrines. Wherever the compiler has admitted modernization he has done so with due considera-tion and always in the spirit of a legitimate development. Additions and modifications contain nothing but ideas for which prototypes can be found somewhere among the traditions of Buddhism, and have been introduced as elucidations of its main principles.
About the Author:
Paul Carus, Ph.D. (1852‑1919) was a German-American author, editor, a student of comparative religion, and former professor of philosophy.
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