The Doctrine of the Buddha: The Religion of Reason and Meditation



1999 | ISBN 9788120811942 | ISBN-10: 8120811941 | PDF Raw scan | 419 pages | 21.83 MB


About the Book:

The present edition, revised and enlarged by the author himself, presents the old genuine Buddha doctrine with the aim of developing a new type of man, free from prejudices and intent on working out his own future with his self as the light. It represents not only the flower of Indian religious feeling and philosophy but also the crowning summit of religious introspection in general.

The book deals with Truth as the theme and basis of the doctrine of the Buddha. It explains (i) Truth, Criterion, World and subject of suffering, (2) Truth of the arising of suffering, (3) Truth of the annihilation of suffering, (4) Truth of the path leading to the annihilation of suffering. The author presents the highest knowledge, the supreme reality to which Buddha is awakened, in so cogent a form, free from mythological and mythical clothing that it becomes positively self-evident to the reader.

The study is prefixed with an Introduction and Appendix - as important as the text itself. Introduction answers the queries 'Who was the Buddha?' 'What is a Buddha?' and depicts the method of handing down the 'Marvel'. The Appendix deals with the Doctrine, the Metaphysics of the Buddha, Right cognition etc. There are four indexes: (1) Index of quotations from the Pali texts, (2) General Index, (3) Index of proper names (4) Pali and Sanskrit Index. An exhaustive Bibliography supplies the gap in our knowledge of Buddhist literature.

The present main work appeared in German language in fourteen impressions during the author¡¯s lifetime. The fourteenth impression was translated into English by Bhikkhu Silacara* in 1926. As appendix were added ¡°The Doctrine of the Buddha as the Flower of Indian Thought,¡± ¡°The Metaphysics of the Buddha¡± and ¡°Right Cognition.¡± In the meantime also the fifteenth and sixteenth thousand have appeared in the German impression. The author finds the connecting bridge to true Indian spirit as is once more expressed in a most excellent manner in the appendix in the chapter ¡°The Doctrine of the Buddha as the Flower of Indian Thought.¡± This most comprehensive spirit already during the lifetime of Dr. George Grimm enabled a community of faithful followers to gather round him. After his decease on 26th August 1945 at Uttthg am Ammersee¡ªhe was born on 25th February 1868 at Roilbofen near Lauf an der Pegnitz in Middle Franconia ¡ª this community grew to considerable numbers; but his friends and admirers extend far beyond this narrower circle (cf. biographical notes at the end of the book). For this reason a second English edition has become necessary, which is herewith presented.

About the Author:

George Grimm (1868-1945) after completing his theological studies, devoted himself to jurisprudence and chose the career of a judge. However, his interest in philosophical problems induced him to study Schopenhauer's works. His association with Carl Du Prel (1839-1899) whose Philosophy of mystics is a standard work, was also stimulating. The influence of Schopenhauer led him to Indological studies. A special attention he devoted to the study of Pali where - with he came more into the attractive force of the Buddha-Dharma. It was in 1915 that there came out The Doctrine of the Buddha; The Religion of Reason. In circles, which became acquainted with him professionally, he was characterized as "Bavaria's most benevolent judge". He wrote from an attitude acquired by his practical realization of the Dharma. He was writing, as he often said - for himself. The last twelve years of his life he spent in the rural stillness at the Ammersee.

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