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Campaign of Conversion

Aakash Singh Rathore and Ajay Verma

in B.R. Ambedkar

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198068679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068679.003.0002
Campaign of Conversion

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This chapter provides narration of the Buddha' quest for the conversion of his subjects through sermons and words of enlightenment. Upon the achievement of enlightenment, Tathagata (enlightened One), embraced the duty to teach the way to illumination. To achieve enlightenment, the Buddha provided two paths of conversion: the Conversion to the Order of Bhikkus and Conversion to the Order of Upasakas. Bhikkus are homeless wanderers bounded by vows that must be strictly observed. Upasakas are householders governed by precepts that must be observed to the best of their ability. Bhikkus come to the Order through the Upasampada ceremony while Upasakas require no ceremony. The chapter also discusses the Buddha's sermons which he imparted to Parivrajakas who were entrusted the task of preaching. These sermons include: path of purity; ashtanga marga or path of righteousness; and path of virtue. The chapter also provides accounts of conversions of some of his followers and describes his meeting with his family after becoming a Buddha.

Keywords: conversion; sermons; words of enlightenment; enlightenment; Tathagata; paths of conversion; Order of Bhikkus; Order of Upasakas; ashtanga marga; Parivrajakas

Chapter.  27569 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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