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Foundations of Buddhism

Foundations of Buddhism

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09/29/2012

 
 
FOUNDATIONS OF BUDDHISM
 
By Helena Roerich
 
 
Copyright © 1971 Agni Yoga Society, Inc.
 
This book or any portion thereof 
 
may not be reproduced in English
 
or in translation to any other language
 
without written permission from the publisher 
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FOREWORD 
The Great Gotama gave to the world a complete Teaching of the perfect construction of life. Each attempt to make a god of the great revolutionist, leads to absurdity.Previous to Gotama there was, of course, a whole succession of those who bore thecommon welfare, but their teachings crumbled to dust in the course of millenniums. Thereforethe Teaching of Gotama should be accepted as the first teaching of the laws of matter and theevolution of the world.
Contemporary understanding of the community permits a wondrous bridge fromGotama Buddha up to the present time. We pronounce this formula neither for extolling nor for demeaning, but as an evident and immutable fact.
 
The law of fearlessness, the law of the renunciation of property, the law of theevaluation of labor, the law of the dignity of human personality, beyond castes and outer distinctions, the law of true knowledge, the law of love based upon self-knowledge, makeof the covenants of the Teachers a continuous rainbow of the joy of humanity.
Let us construct the foundations of Buddhism in its manifested covenants. The simpleTeaching, equal in beauty to the Cosmos, will dispel every suggestion of idolatry, unworthy of thegreat Teacher of men.Knowledge was the leading path of all great Teachers. Knowledge will permit a free andvital approach to the great Teaching, as vitally real as is great Matter itself.We shall not introduce the latest complexities; we shall speak briefly about thosefoundations that cannot be denied.Joy to all peoples! Joy to all those who labor!3

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