The early schools

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The early schools

Postby Beneath the Wheel » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:29 pm

Is there a good book or article anyone can recommend that gives an overview of the early schools that came into being after the Buddha died? I am more interested in what is known about the differences in doctrine that started to appear and where they may have led (if anywhere).
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Re: The early schools

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:33 pm

Beneath the Wheel wrote:Is there a good book or article anyone can recommend that gives an overview of the early schools that came into being after the Buddha died? I am more interested in what is known about the differences in doctrine that started to appear and where they may have led (if anywhere).
Rupert Gethin's excellent THE FOUNDATIONS OF BUDDHISM.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: The early schools

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:51 pm

Besides Tilt's good advice above, here is a short and quick outline from wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Buddhist_schools
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Re: The early schools

Postby daverupa » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:13 pm

Cross Currents in Early Buddhism, by S. N. Dube, is probably of interest.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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