Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo
The Buddha preached in north-east India in about the fifth-century BC. He claimed that human beings are responsible for their own salvation, and put foward a new ideal of the holy life, establishing a monastic Order to enable men and women to pursue that.
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2 Gotama Buddhas problem situation
3 The Buddhas Dhamma
4 The Sanghas discipline
5 The accommodation between Buddhism and society in ancient India
6 The Buddhist tradition in Sri Lanka
7 Protestant Buddhism
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