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The Buddhism Omnibus: Comprising Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada, and The Philosophy of Religion Hardcover – June 10, 2004

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  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195668987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195668988
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,955,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.T.S. Sarao on July 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Buddhism Omnibus, as the title shows, is a collection of three different books published by the Oxford University Press at different times, viz. Gautama Buddha by Iqbal Singh (1937, 1994), The Dhammapada with introductory essays, Pali, English translation and notes edited by S. Radhakrishnan (1950), and The Philosophy of Religion by Arvind Sharma (1995). The three works seek to explore Buddhism as a rich source of literary legend, an austere ethical guide, and a contemporary philosophy quite relevant today considering the renewed interest in Buddhism. The collection has an introduction written by Matthew T. Kapstein written for this combined edition. This introduction besides providing an historical overview of Buddhism in India, places the three individual books in their proper contexts. The Dhammapada like the Gita of Hinduism is the best known Buddhist text. Gautama Buddha deals with the life, history, and teachings of the Buddha for the general reader and the uninitiated. The Philosophy of Religion has been added from the perspective of a post-modern thinker posing an entirely new set of questions. Kapstein also seeks to find a justification for these three works brought out in a combined edition in the light of the renewal of interest in the teachings of the Buddha and his philosophy.
Iqbal Singh was a journalist and wrote many books on as varied subjects as modern history, politics, and foreign policy. Gautama Buddha written by him in 1937 and reprinted in 1994 is more a work of literary criticism than of history. This book views the life of the Buddha in the context of the period in which he lived. Singh has tried in various ways to connect the personality of the Buddha as well as his understanding of the nature of human experience to the deeper problems of our times.
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