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Theravada Buddhism: The View of the Elders

Asanga Tilakaratne

Abstract

This book brings to life the age-old religious tradition of Theravada (literally, “view of the elders”) Buddhism as it is found in ancient texts and understood and practiced today in South and Southeast Asia. Following a brief introduction to the life of the historical Buddha and the beginning of his mission, the book examines the Triple Gem (the Buddha, his teachings, and the community of monastic followers) and the basic teachings of the Buddha in the earliest available Pali sources. Basic Buddhist concepts such as dependent co-origination, the four noble truths, the three trainings, and kar ... More

Keywords: Theravada Buddhism, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Buddha, Triple Gem, karma, Buddhist concepts, three trainings, four noble truths, dependent co-origination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835965
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835965.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asanga Tilakaratne, author
University of Colombo