Buddhism in Tibet: Illustrated by Literary Documents and Objects of Religious Worship, with an Account of the Buddhist Systems Preceding it in India, 26. osa

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F.A. Brockhaus, 1863 - 403 pages

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Page 31 - Buddha. To these spiritual beings Sakyamuni is said to have taught a more philosophical religious system than to men, who were not sufficiently advanced to understand it at the time of his appearance.
Page 189 - Copied from a large stone fixed in the wall. *-"'}'1- *V ^-s^-|v^ quarters of heaven, and each side should be painted with a particular colour, viz. the north side with green, the south side with yellow, the east side with white, and the west side with- red; but this rule seems not to be strictly adhered to, as my brother saw many temples with all sides either of the same colour, or simply whitewashed. The interior of the temples which my brothers had occasion to...
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 222 - ... sculptures. In reference to the terminology used in the bodily dimensions a few words will be sufficient in explanation. By vertex is to be understood the junction of the principal cranial bones coinciding with the whirl of the hair. The diameter antero-posterior is the line connecting the central part of the forehead with the junction of the head and neck. The distances from the crown of the head to the trochanter, and from the trochanter to the ground, give together the total height of the...
Page 17 - The theory of the four truths has been formulated in a short sentence, which has been discovered on many ancient Buddhist images, and which is besides actually recited as a kind of confession of faith, and added to religious treatises. It runs thus: "Of all things proceeding from cause, the cause of their procession hath the Tathagata explained. The great Sramana has likewise declared the cause of the extinction of all things."2 Tathagatha and 1 Concerning the four truths see: Csoma" Notices,
Page 70 - Traditions report him to have had some intercourse with a stranger from the west who was remarkable for a long nose. Hue believes this stranger to have been a European missionary, and connects the resemblance of the religious service in Tibet to the Roman Catholic ritual with the informations which Tsonkhapa might have received from this Roman Catholic priest. We are not yet able to decide the question as to how far Buddhism may have borrowed from Christianity; but the rites of the Buddhists enumerated...
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 181 - crescent surmounted by a pinnacle, similar to the pointed end of a spear," which decorates the roofs of the Tibetan monasteries, we, undoubtedly, have a reproduction of the so-called trident of Siva. This instrument is given also to Sani, the Hindu Saturn, who is represented as encompassed by two serpents, || and hence we may well suppose the...
Page 341 - K. d. Morg., Vol. IV. Enumeration of Historical and Grammatical works to be met with in Tibet.
Page 237 - Page 236. at last he approaches the limit of Buddha. Still he professes to be equally fearless, and bids defiance to the woolly-headed priest who carries the almsbowl from door to door like- a common mendicant; but the moment he attempts to pass the limit, he falls down as if dead; and as he is regarded as suffering the punishment of the blasphemy he had dared to utter, all who are present applaud the greatness of him whose prowess is thus proved to be superior to that of all other beings.

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