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by Edward Conze
Published by Harper & Row, New York (1959) First Harper Torchbook Edition
Paperback 212 plus graph and index, Measures 8x5 inches Weighs 9 ounces

Condition: Very good.
Rich color covers, solid tight clean copy - hardly discernible as a late 50's edition - incredible.
Teeny bit of foxing at endpapers. Else clean. Will present and display beautifully.

Buddhism as a Religion
BUDDHISM is an Eastern form of spirituality. Its
doctrine, in its basic assumptions, is identical with
many other teachings all over the world, teachings
which may be called 'mystical.' The essence of this
philosophy of life has been explained with great force and
clarity by Thomas a Kempis, in his Imitation of Christ.
What is known as ' Buddhism' is a part of the common
human heritage of wisdom, by which men have succeeded
in overcoming this world, and in gaining immortality, or
a deathless life.
During the last two centuries, spiritual interests have in
Europe been relegated into the background by preoccu­
pations with economic and social problems. The word
1 spiritual9 seems vague nowadays. It is, indeed, not easy
to define* It is easier to state by what means one gets
to the spiritual realm than to say what it is in itself. Three
avenues of approach to the spiritual are, I think, handed
down by the almost universal tradition of the sages :
to regard sensory experience as relatively unimportant;
to try to renounce what one is attached to;
to try to treat all people alike—whatever their looks,
intelligence, colour, smell, education, etc.
The collective effort of the European races during the
last centuries has gone into channels which by this definition
are not 'spiritual.'
It is often assumed that there is some fundamental and
essential difference between East and West, between
Europe and Asia, in their attitude to life, in their sense of
values, and in the functioning of their souls. Christians
who regard Buddhism as unsuitable for European conditions...

Buddhism: Its Essence and Development by Edward Conze 1959 First Harper Torchbook Vintage Book Spirituality Religion Philosophy


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