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Soul Theory

Soul Theory

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By
TheodoreStcherbatsky
Ph.D.
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Preface
Vasubandhu'sAbhidharmakosaisrightlyconsideredtobeoneofthemostmonumentalworksonBuddhistphilosophy.Heflourishedinthe5thCenturyA.D.HisfamousworksumsupalltheimportantconceptsofBuddhistphilosophy,particularytheteachingsofthe
Valbhaslka
sohool.Attachedtothelastchapterofhisworkisanappendixentitled,"A~tamakosasthanasambllddhaJ.l.pudgalviniscayah"ItdealswiththeBuddhistdenialoftheexistenceofsoul.AnEnglishrranslatlonofthispartbyProfessorTh.Stcherbatskywa/~~blish~dunderthetitle"TheSoulTheoryof.theBuddhists"in192O.Theabovehasbeenlongoutofprint.ShriKishoreChandJain.theenterprisingproprietorofBharatiyaVidyaPrakasana,isbringingoutareprintofthebook.Thepresenteditionisonlyareprintoftheoriginalone.Afewlinguisticmistakeswhichappearedtobetooglaringhavebeencorrected.
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JaidevaSingh
 
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InthatmagnificentcompendiumofBuddhistdoctrine,..whichtheillustriousVasubandhucompiledatthecloseoftheVcenturyA.D.'underthetitle.ofAbhldharmakosawefindattachedtothelastchapter,usakindofconclusionofthewholework,aspecialappendixdevotedtothemuchcontrovertedquestionabouttheBuddhistdenialoftheexistenceofSoitP.TheworkopenswiththestatementthatinordertoattainSalvationathoroughdiscriminationoftheElements
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whichareactiveintheprocessoflifeisindispensable,andthenproceedstomakeanexpositionoftheseElements,theirclassificationandcharacteristics(1andIIchapters).
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chapter:toenumeratethedifferentkindsoflivlngbeingsorworldsproducedbytheplayoftheelementary'forcesjustdescribed.Thefollowingtwochapters
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(karmaa[~d(Jnusaya).
Thusthesefivechaptersrepresentwhatm~i.'/betermedthestaticsanddynamics
of
theordinary
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