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Rediscovering the Buddha

The Legends and Their Interpretation

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Hans Penner takes a new look at the classic stories of the life of the Buddha. He takes issue with Max Weber's assertion that "Buddhism is an other-worldly ascetic religion," a point of view that remains dominant in the received tradition and in most contemporary studies of Buddhism. His central thesis is that the "householder" is a necessary element in Buddhism and that the giving of gifts, which creates merit and presupposes the doctrine of karma, mediates the
relation between the householder and the monk. Penner argues that the omission of the householder - in his view one-half of what constitutes Buddhism as a religion - is fatal for any understanding of Buddha's life or of the Buddhist tradition. This boldly revisionist and deeply learned work will be of
interest to a wide range of scholarly and lay readers.
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Buddhadharma Penner succeeds in presenting the Buddha's story in a way that involves the reader viscerally.

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John Philips Professor of Religion, Emeritus, Dartmouth College


PART I; INTRODUCTION TO PART I; 1. Cosmology and the Great Declaration; 2. The Perfection of Giving; 3. The Birth and Early Life of Gotama; 4. Flight From the Palace; 5. Enlightenment and Liberation; 6. The Buddha Begins to Teach; 7. The Buddha Becomes a Wonder Worker; 8. The Buddha Meets a King and Two Brilliant Ascetics; 9. Rules, Rules and More Rules; 10. The Buddha Goes Home; 11. The Buddha Receives a Gift and Befriends a King; 12. Meeting a Murderer, A Visit Home, and a Quick Trip to Heaven; 13. Devadatta Attempts to Kill the Buddha; 14. The Buddha's Last Days; 15. Once the Buddha Was a Universal Monarch; 16. The Last Watch and The Funeral; PART II; INTRODUCTION TO PART II; 17. The Quest for the Historical Buddha; 18. The Cosmological Structure; 19. The Legends as Rites of Passage; 20. The Great Agent: Universal Monarchs and Buddhas; 21. The Gift, the Renouncer and the Householder; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX