By Nalinaksha Dutt
This paintings analyses the forces that helped within the propagation of Buddhism in India, and delineates the missionary actions of Buddha intimately. There are scholarly biographies of the good instructor touching by the way on themes attached along with his missionary actions. Such sketches, info which were laboriously accumulated from the Buddhist scriptures and organized in this sort of approach so one can allow one to determine the main points approximately Buddha's occupation of their logical and chronological family so far as attainable, definitely have a price within the eyes of students attracted to the background of the unfold of Buddhism.
a close delineation of the 4 important colleges of Budhdism together with resumes in their doctrines so far as they've been ascertained at the present is mentioned within the moment half. the writer in his sketches of the 4 critical faculties has taken a inventory of the knowledge on hand at this time, allowing the reader to acquaint himself with out a lot labour with what's referred to now in regards to the colleges. The parts of the sketches concerning the beginning, improvement, and actions of the colleges were drawn fro the 1st time from the present fabric.
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The qua lities mentioned are no d oubt but hints that they were pres ent in more than ordi na ry degree in the ch aracter of the m on ks,. t hough it s hould not be supposed t h at the re quisi te quali ties. req ui red for a monk but n o t mentioned above were ab s ent in· them. The mo nks were all at one i n their zeal for the propaga tion o f the r eligion, in the s trength of which they had uns werving. belief, and to the fo u nde r of wh ich they all bore the highest r everence. This was the b on d that combined them and their followers into a closely compact b o dy to march on in the path, of d uty prescribed by B uddha and to materialize his wis h es b y propagating h is d octrines .
67 3 Mahiivarrzsa, Ch. iv. , II, p. 1 63 . SPR EAD OF BUDDHISM 18 B uddhism had spread. This supposition, I t hin k , is not s uppo rt- Inter n al ed by full r e aso n s and evide nces because t he very fact of the ra pi d and ext ensive spread of B ud d h is m as zation . well as the m ai n te nance of its ho l d upon the c o un try for s uc h a l ong t i m e gives the lie d irect to s u c h an iv. strength of the organi- inference. Though th ere was no ce n t ral authority of the kin d that we generally find i n the o rg anizat io n with which w e meet o rd in arily, the cen tral authority in the B udd hi s t organization was derived from a source of a d i ffere n t sort.
Buddh a gave his best consideration to the details of the :structure of the organization and even ch anged them or added t o t he i r number as s o on as the suggestion made by his fo l l o wers met w ith h i s approval . No mundan e o rganizatio n ca n be perfect and it is enough i f the common necessities pertaini n g to the -object for which it is foun ded are p rovided for. Bud d ha went much furth er than this and pres cribed a meant to meet eve n the probable Vinaya which was or minute exigencies of monastic life; and to find fault w ith this organizatio n while the r eal defect l ie s in the gradual decl in e of faith is to misread and misunderstand the real story of the Buddhist rel igion.