Early Buddhism and the Bhagavadgītā

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., Dec 31, 1997 - Bhagavadgītā - 567 pages
This is a critical and philosophical analysis and assessment of the teachings of Buddha as Found in the Early Stratum of the Pali Canon and those of Lord Krsna as embodied in the Bhagvadgita. It is the first time that the foundational works of the two most important traditions of Indian thought have been brought together for comperative treatment.The Widely prevalent openion among scholars that Hindu thought did not have any significant contact with Pali Buddhism, might perhaps be one of the reasons why no attempt has previously been made to undertake a comparative study of Bhagwadgita and early Buddhism. The author covers the whole field of epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics in detail and depth, and bases his conclusions throughout on the original texts, making careful examinations of, and paing due attention, to the commentatiorialexegeses and scholarly interpretations.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
1
ii Has the Gitā Passed through Successive
9
Conclusion
29
Where to Look for the Original Tenets
39
The Chronology of the Pali Canon and
40
340
54
Section C
58
351
67
The Problem of Salvation 335363
335
B The Etymological Significance of Nibbāna
336
D Some Basic Differences Between
351
E The Realisation of Nibbāna in Ones
357
5 The Problem of Rebirth
363
Buddhism
368
The Problem of the World
377
The Problem of
390

The Vedic and Brahmanical Stage
68
357
79
Conclusion
93
THE SOURCES OF THE BHAGAVADGĪTĀ 106146
106
Elements of Sankhya
115
Elements of Buddhism
124
The Uniqueness of thc Bhagavadgitā and
134
Conclusion
145
CHAPTER III
151
364
163
The Process of Knowledge 183197
183
The Sources of Knowledge 198272
198
Thc Limits of Knowledge 273281
273
CHAPTER IV
282
The Problem of the Self 301335
301
THE ETHICS OF THE BHAGAVADGITA
409
The Summum Bonum of Life and the Major
422
Buddhist and the B G Ideals of Holy Life
428
The Criterion of Morality 43
443
C Buddhas Exhortation for the Utmost
451
E The B G s Preference for Active Worldy
464
G The Controversy Regarding the Supre
472
The Path of Action Versus the Path
483
The Problem of Caste 498513
498
The Problem of War 513539
513
BIBLIOGRAPHY 541559
541
INDEX
561
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