By Buton Rinchen Drup,Ngawang Zangpo,Lisa Stein
It starts off with atmosphere forth the constitution of Buddhist schooling and the variety of its matters, and we’re handled to a rousing litany of the advantages of such guideline. We’re then brought to the buddhas of our international and eon—three of whom have already lived, taught, and handed into transcendence—before analyzing intimately the fourth, our personal Buddha Shakyamuni. Butön tells the tale of Shakyamuni’s prior lives after which provides the trail the Buddha (the related that each one buddhas needs to follow). After the Buddha’s tale, Butön recounts 3 compilations of Buddhist scriptures after which fees from sacred texts that foretell the lives and contributions of significant Indian Buddhist masters, which he then relates, concluding with the story of the eventual loss of life and disappearance of the Buddhist doctrine. The textual content ends with an account of the inception and unfold of Buddhism in Tibet, targeted typically at the country’s kings and early adopters of the overseas religion. An afterword by way of Ngawang Zangpo, one of many translators, discusses and contextualizes Butön’s exemplary lifestyles, his turbulent occasions, and his prolific works.
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