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By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

ISBN-10: 022633323X

ISBN-13: 9780226333236

ISBN-10: 0226493202

ISBN-13: 9780226493206

We have come to appreciate Buddhism for being profound yet obtainable, as a lot a way of life as a faith. The credits for developing Buddhism is going to the Buddha, a determine greatly revered around the Western international for his philosophical perception, his teachings of nonviolence, and his perform of meditation. yet who used to be this Buddha, and the way did he turn into the Buddha we all know and love today?


Leading historian of Buddhism Donald S. Lopez Jr. tells the tale of the way a variety of idols carved in stone—variously named Beddou, Codam, Xaca, and Fo—became the guy of flesh and blood that we all know easily because the Buddha. He finds that the optimistic view of the Buddha in Europe and the United States is quite fresh, originating a bit greater than 150 years in the past. for hundreds of years, the Buddha was once condemned through Western writers because the most threatening idol of the Orient. He used to be a demon, the assassin of his mom, a purveyor of idolatry.


Lopez offers an interesting historical past of depictions of the Buddha from classical money owed and medieval tales to the tales of eu tourists, diplomats, infantrymen, and missionaries. He indicates that centuries of hostility towards the Buddha replaced dramatically within the 19th century, whilst the lessons of the Buddha, having disappeared from India by means of the fourteenth century, have been learn by way of eu students newly knowledgeable in Asian languages. whilst, the conventional view of the Buddha continued in Asia, the place he was once respected as a lot for his supernatural powers as for his philosophical insights. From Stone to Flesh follows the twists and turns of those japanese and Western notions of the Buddha, major ultimately to his triumph because the founding father of an international religion.

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