Buddhist Sects and Sectarianism

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Sarup & Sons, 2000 - Buddhism - 479 pages
This Title Is A Historical Analysis Of Origin And Development Of Buddhist Sects And Sectarianism In The History Of The Succession Of Schools, It Is Found That The First Schism In The Sangha Was Followed By A Series Of Schisms Leading To The Formation Of Different Sub-Sects, And In The Course Of Time Eleven Such Sub-Sects Arose Out Of The Theravada While Seven Issued From The Mahasasnghikas. All These Branches Of Buddhist Sects Appeared One After Another In Close Succession Which In Three Or Four Hundred Years After The Buddha'S Parinirvana. Here, We Focus On Following Important Aspects: Growth And Ramification Of Buddhist Sects And Sectarian Schools; Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Yogacara, Newar Buddhism, Bhutanese Buddhist Sects, Protestant Buddhism, Nichren Buddhism, Amida Buddhism, Tendai Buddhism, Shingon Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Millennial Buddhism, There Are Different Authorities, Such As The Traditions Of The Theravadins, Sammitiyas, Mahasanghikas, And Subsequently The Tibetan And Chinese Translations Which Give Us Accounts Of The Origin Of The Different Sects And Sectarianism.

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This book consists of plagiarized scholarship. For example, Chapter 15 ("Millennial Buddhism") is a copy of a chapter from anthropologist Stanley Tambiah's The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets.

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I have been unable to find out anything about this author's background, but save us from some scholars and their misleading and extraneous information presented as facts in order to fill a book. When one ventures into the explication of a religion, at least make some attempt to allow for religious experience in its treatment. Of course, if one has never had one, how would one be expected to know? Buddhism deserved better than this and Honen Shonin, in particular, was misinterpreted in the extreme. 

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