Early Buddhism and the Bhagavadgita

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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
Conclusion
29
Where to Look for the Original Tenets
39
The Chronology of the Pali Canon and
40
Conclusion
56
The PreVedic Stage
62
The Vedic and Brahmanical Stage
68
Upanisadic Stage
75
The Problem of the Self 301335
301
D The B G s Attempt to Highlight
323
The Problem of Salvation 335363
335
The Problem of Rebirth 363377
363
D The Psychic BodyManomayam Kayam
375
The Problem of God 390408
390
C A Polemic Between Buddhism
400
THE ETHICS OF THE BHAGAVADClTA
409

Religious Conditions of Buddhas Time
87
Conclusion
93
neous Thoughts
104
THE SOURCES OF THE BHAGAVADGlTA 106146
106
Elements of Sankhya
115
G Elements of Buddhism
124
The Uniqueness of the Bhagavadgiia and
134
Conclusion
145
CHAPTER III
151
D Reasons for the Superiority of Paranormal
164
The Process of Knowledge 183197
183
The Sources of Knowledge 198272
198
The Limits of Knowledge 273281
273
CHAPTER IV
282
The Summum Bonum of Life and the Major
422
Buddhist and the B G Ideals of Holy Life
428
The Criterion of Morality
436
Unity Versus Diversity of the Path 44648
446
D The B C Technique of Compromise
456
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
D The Problem of Freedom and Predes
522
BIBLIOGRAPHY 541559
541
C Articles
556
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