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He and His Contemporaries

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/9780198068679.003.0006
He and His Contemporaries

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This chapter discusses the Blessed Lord's benefactors, believers, enemies, and critics. The chapter begins narratives of some of the people who were benefactors of Buddha. Among these benefactors were the King Bimbisara, Ambrapali and Vishakha; all of whom offered gifts and assistance. The next section discusses the enemies of Buddhism. These enemies charged Buddhism of conversion by glamour, of being parasites that dwelled on the earnings and sweat of other people, of breaking happy households by attracting young people to exile and Parivraja, and of immorality and murder. Among the staunchest enemies of Buddha were Devadatta and the Brahmins. The chapter also covers the critiques hurled against Buddhism and its doctrines. Some of the Buddhist doctrines criticised were: open admission to the Sangha, rule of vows; doctrine of ahimsa; and theory of soul and rebirth. Buddhism was also condemned of being annihilationist and of creating gloom through the vow of poverty.

Keywords: Blessed Lord; King Bimbisara; Ambrapali; Vishaka; conversion by glamour; enemies of Buddha; Buddhist doctrines criticised

Chapter.  14403 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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