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The Buddha and his Dhamma: A Critical Edition

The Buddha and his Dhamma: A Critical Edition

by Aakash Singh Rathore, Ajay Verma
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B.R. Ambedkar's magnum opus, The Buddha and his Dhamma, was barely completed before his death and was published posthumously in 1957. The book is known for Ambedkar's review and analysis of the vast Buddhist canon and literature. This is the first critical edition of The Buddha and his Dhamma. Along with a new Introduction, it includes footnotes indicating sources and annotations explaining various topics of discussion. The annotations provide useful information on canons like Suttas and Dhammapada indicating their authoritativeness in the Buddhist tradition and discuss the modifications effected in Ambedkar's use of the source material. An analytical index helps locate various passages and themes in the original text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198068679
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Edition description: Critical
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Aakash Singh Rathore is Research Professor, Global Political Thought at the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics, Luiss University of Rome, Italy. Ajay Verma is Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi.


Table of Contents

Editors' Preface; B.R. Ambedkar' Preface; Editors' Introduction; B.R. Ambedkar's Introduction and Prologue;
1. Siddharth Gautama: How a Bodhisatta became the Buddha
From Birth to Parivraja
Renunciation for Ever
In Search of New Light
Enlightenment and the Vision of a New Way
The Buddha and his Predecessors
The Buddha and his Contemporaries
Comparison and Contrast;
2. Campaign of Conversion
Buddha and his Vishad Yoga
The Conversion of the Parivrajakas
Conversion of the High and the Holy
Call from Home;
Campaign for Conversion Resumed
Conversion of the Low and the Lowly
Conversion of Women
Conversion of the Fallen and the Criminals;
3. What the Buddha Taught
His Place in His Dhamma
Different Views of the Buddha's Dhamma
What is Dhamma
What is Not Dhamma
What is Saddhamma;
4. Religion and Dhamma
Religion and Dhamma
How Similarities in Terminology Conceal Fundamental Difference
The Buddhist Way of Life
His Sermons;
5. The Sangh
The Sangh
The Bhikkhu: the Buddha's Conception of Him
The Duties of the Bhikkhu
The Bhikkhu and the Laity
Vinaya for the Laity;
6. He and his Contemporaries
His Benefactors
His Enemies
Critics of His Doctrines
Friends and Admirers;
7. The Wanderer's Last Journey
The Meeting of those Near and Dear
Leaving Vaishali
His End;
8. The Man who was Siddhartha Gautama
His Personality
His Humanity
His Likes and Dislikes; Epilogue, Glossary, Bibliography, Index

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