Buddhism, or the Protestantism of the East, History and Philosophy of the Religion
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Buddhism, or the Protestantism of the East

History and Philosophy of the Religion

LM Publishers

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This book deals with the History and Philosophy of the Buddhism.

"On first becoming acquainted with the mighty and ancient religion of
Buddhism, one may be tempted to deny the correctness of this title "The
Protestantism of the East." One might say, "Why not rather the Romanism of the
East?" For so numerous are the resemblances between the customs of this system
and those of the Romish Church, that the first Catholic missionaries who
encountered the priests of Buddha were confounded, and thought that Satan had
been mocking their sacred rites.Not so many years ago, at the time when
Buddhism first became known in Europe through philosophic writings of about
six centuries after Buddha, then newly translated, it caused amazement that a
religion which had brought three hundred millions of people under its sway
should acknowledge no god. But the religion of Buddha, during a thousand years
of practice by the Hindus, is entirely different from the representations
given us in these translations. As shown by the bas-reliefs covering the
ancient monuments of India, this religion, changed by modern scientists into a
belief in atheism, is, in fact, of all religions the most polytheistic.In the
first Buddhist monuments, dating back eighteen to twenty centuries, the
reformer simply figures as an emblem. The imprint of his feet, the figure of
the "Bo tree" under which he entered the state of supreme wisdom, are
worshipped; and though he disdained all gods, and only sought to teach a new
code of morals, we shortly see Buddha himself depicted as a god. In the early
stages he is generally represented as alone, but gradually appears in the
company of the Brahman gods. He is finally lost in a crowd of gods, and
becomes nothing more than an incarnation of one of the Brahman deities. From
that time Buddhism has been practically extinct in India.This transformation
took a thousand years to bring about. During part of this great interval
Buddha was being worshipped as an all-powerful god. Legends are told of his
appearance to his disciples, and of favors he granted them..."

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