Buddhism in Tibet

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F. A. Brockhaus, 1863 - 403 pages

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Page 27 - The path sakradagami is so called because he who enters it will receive one more birth. He may enter this path in the world of men...
Page 23 - On account of ignorance, merit and demerit are produced ; on account of merit and demerit, consciousness; on account of consciousness, body and mind; on account of body and mind, the six organs of sense; on account of the six organs of sense, touch (or contact); on account of contact, desire; on account of desire, sensation (of pleasure or pain); on account of sensation, cleaving (or clinging) to existing objects; on account of clinging to existing objects, renewed existence (or reproduction after...
Page 100 - Gabet, had seen some coloured lithographs representing our Saviour Jesus Christ, and various episodes of Bible history. The Lama alleged against the creed of these missionaries, that it does not afford final emancipation. According to the principles of their religion, he said, the pious are rewarded with a re-birth among the servants of the supreme God, when they are obliged to pass an eternity in reciting hymns, psalms, and prayers, in his glory and honour. Such beings, he argued, are consequently...
Page 101 - pure or glorious land;" and in sacred treatises it is denominated "the pure region, a kind of prosperity." We find an account of this glorious region of Armtabha in many religious books.1 Sukhavatl is declared to be a large lake, the surface of which is covered with lotus-flowers (Padmas), red and white, with perfumes of rare odour. These flowers form the couches for pious men, whose virtues were the cause of their growth, while yet sojourners upon earth. Such men, after being purified from their...
Page 16 - ... evil desire, and natural sensation. Sakyamuni has explained this fundamental doctrine in the theory of the four excellent truths: THE PAIN, THE PRODUCTION, THE CESSATION, THE PATH; they are called in Sanskrit Aryani Satyani, and in Tibetan Phagpai denpa zhi. Their meaning may be defined as follows: 1. Pain cannot be separated from existence. 2. Existence is produced by passions and evil desires. 3. Existence is brought to an end by the cessation of evil desires. 4. Revelation of the path to this...
Page 233 - S2f^ 167 enjoined because those who turn the cylinders must do so with a faithful, quiet, and meditative mind. The motion from right to left was adopted in order to follow the writing, which runs from left to right. Some of the larger prayer-cylinders, are so constructed that a stroke of a bell indicates each single revolution. The prayer inscribed is most generally simply Om mani padme hum, repeated as often as the space allows of it. The papers rolled up in the larger cylinders are, however, more...
Page 105 - Those that are in this a middle degree of intellectual and moral capacity, besides admitting the former position, must know, that every compound thing is perishable, that there is no reality in things ; that every imperfection is pain and that deliverance from pain, or bodily existence, is final happiness or beautitude.
Page 107 - ... stuffs, cloths, &c. for garments and hanging ornaments. 5. To make music, sing hymns, and utter the praises of Buddha, respecting his person, doctrine, love or mercy, perfections or attributes; and his acts, or performances, for the benefit of all animal beings.
Page 101 - Where is that place?" Nagasena: "Wherever the precepts can be observed ; and there may be the observance in Yawana, China, Milata, Alasanda, Nikumba, Kasi, Kosala, Kasmira, Gandhara, the summit of Maha Meru, or the brahma-lokas ; it may be anywhere ; just as he who has two eyes can see the sky from any or all of these places ; or, as any of these places may have an eastern side.
Page 106 - To prostrate one'sself before the image of Buddha; to adore him. 4. To bring offerings before him, such as are pleasing to any of the six senses: as, lights, flowers, garlands, incenses, perfumes; all kinds of edible and trinkable things (whether raw, or prepared) ; 1 See p. 27, 38. -I cite a* an example Schmidt, "Drang-tan, der Weise and der Thor,

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