Jane Hope, BorinVan LoonИздательство:
Publisher: Icon books Год:
The Buddhist experience relies on experiencing the truth for oneself, and ultimately it does not really matter whether or not there was an historical Buddha. However, the traditions and legends that surround the life of the Buddha contain in allegorical form, the precise nature and form of the spiritual journey.
The early stories and teachings of the Buddha were not written down until several centuries after his death. They were not seen as the "authorized version". The Buddha encouraged his followers to put everything he said to the test, and therefore, through the ages, followers of the Buddha have trusted their own wisdom, rather than trying to interpret what might have been meant in old texts.