Three Lectures on Buddhism

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London Mission House, 1871 - 38 pages

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Page 13 - FLOWER in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.
Page 24 - ... substituted for it hopes of more tangible positive beatitude. Whilst Buddhism as a system of doctrine leaves no room for the idea of atonement, the...
Page 37 - And then, finally, there shall, after this trumpet of the Lord, be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, for the former things have passed away. " Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over him "; and so also the quickened ones, his own redeemed, they too shall die no more. Oh dreadful, dreadful supposition, that they should ever have to undergo temptation or pain, or death a second time. It cannot be.
Page 5 - ... he was led by the spirit into the wilderness, and having been tempted by the devil, he went about preaching and doing wonders. The friend of publicans and sinners, he is transfigured on a mount, descends to hell, ascends...
Page 29 - when I am gone, you must not think that there is no Buddha; the discourses I have delivered and the precepts I have enjoined must be my successors or representatives and be to you as Buddha.
Page 36 - Have compassion on us, and help us." (Mark ix. 22.) But very different she finds him from that which report had described him to her ; for that spoke of him as the merciful Son of man, who would not break the bruised reed nor quench the smoking flax, who encouraged every weary and afflicted soul to come and find rest with him.
Page 37 - The only thing he claims to do for others is to show them the way of doing good and overcoming evil, to point out the path to Nirvana by his example, and to encourage others by means of teaching and exhortation and warning to follow his footsteps. If any human being is to reach Nirvana, it must be done by independent action. Do good and you will be saved, this is the long and short of the Buddhist religion.
Page 6 - Buddha. At the same time Cabulistan, Gandhara, Cashmere and Nepaul were brought under the influence of Buddhism, and thenceforth every caravan of traders, that left India for Central Asia, was accompanied by Buddhist missionaries. In this way it happened, that as early as 250 BC a number of 18 Buddhistic emissaries reached China, where they are held in remembrance to the present day, their images occupying a conspicuous place in every larger temple.
Page 5 - Buddha, it cau be proved, that almost every single tint of this Christian colouring, which Buddhist tradition gives to the life of Buddha, is of comparatively modern origin. There is not a single Buddhist manuscript in existence which could vie in antiquity, and undoubted authenticity, with the oldest codices of the gospels.
Page 22 - In the plan of the world's order it seems even now to be producing the effect of a mild dose of opium on the raving or despairing tribes of weary-hearted Asia. The sleep lasts long, but it is a gentle one, and who knows how near may be the dawn of the resurrection morning?

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