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The Life of Buddha (Shakyamuni Buddha) as Seen from Buddhist Courses and Local Photographs] Article List - Please use this list as a table of contents.

This series of articles will give you a sense not only of Buddha's life, but also of the atmosphere of Indian society at that time. I am sure this will be an exciting experience for all of you.

Although "learning about religion and Buddhism" may sound pretentious, I hope that you will take it easy and experience the life of the great Buddha.

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(22) Buddha makes a triumphant return to his birthplace! Mass ordination of the Buddha's family, including his son Rahula and cousin Arnanda!

Up to the last article, I have talked about the rapid expansion of the Buddha cult.

With the addition of capable disciples and the support of great kings and merchants, the Order of Buddha emerged as a truly great cult.

The chief of the group, Buddha, is finally returning to his birthplace. In this article, we will discuss how it all happened.

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⑻Buddha's six years of ascetic life - the transmission of meditation techniques by two masters and the ascetic Buddha's severe asceticism.

The Buddha came to the great country of Magadha. He came all the way to Magadha to learn from the best meditators of the time, from whom he learned meditation, the basis of his ascetic practice. In this article, we will talk about Buddha's life of severe asceticism. The famous image of the fasting Buddha in Gandhara is the Buddha in this period of asceticism.

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⑹How Buddha's ordination took place - Channa the horsecho and his beloved horse Kantaka on a late night journey.

After spending many depressing days, Buddha finally sets out on his journey with great ambition. However, it was extremely difficult for Buddha, who lived in the royal palace, to escape from there without anyone knowing about it. He turned to his horseman Channa and his beloved horse Kantaka. In this article, I would like to tell you the story of how Buddha was ordained.

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⑷ Visiting Kapilavastu, the Palace of the Shakas - My impression of the city where the young Buddha spent his life.

Buddha spent his young days in Kapilavastu, the capital of the Shaka tribe. In the previous article, we saw how the Buddha had come to the point where he had decided to become a monk through Shikumon Deyu, and in this article, I would like to share my impressions from actually walking through the place where the Buddha's life took place. I was able to see Buddha's image only because I actually saw him in the area.

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F. C. Almond's "The Discovery of Buddhism in England" - Buddhist Studies was born from a desk in England! The roots of Mahayana Buddhism criticism come from here.

この作品では衝撃的な事実が語られます。以前当ブログでも紹介した『新アジア仏教史02インドⅡ 仏教の形成と展開』でも西洋由来の仏教学の問題について語られていますが、本書はまさにその本丸と言ってもよい作品になります。

この本を読むと、「原始仏教に帰れ。日本仏教は堕落している」という批判が出てくる理由がよくわかります。これまでどうしても腑に落ちなかった大乗仏教批判に対して「ほお!なるほど!そういうことだったのか」という発見がどんどん出てきます。この批判が出てくる背景を追うととてつもない事実が浮かび上がってきます。これは最高に刺激的な一冊です。とてつもない作品です。もうぜひ読んで下さい!きっと皆さんも衝撃を受けると思います。