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From Stone to Flesh
Author: Donald S. Lopez

ISBN: 9780226493206
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28 February 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8
Description:
We have come to admire Buddhism for being profound but accessible, as much a lifestyle as a religion. The credit for creating Buddhism goes to the Buddha, a figure widely respected across the Western world for his philosophical insight, his teachings of nonviolence, and his practice of meditation. But who was this Buddha, and how did he become the Buddha we know and love today? Leading historian of Buddhism Donald S. Lopez Jr. tells the story of how various idols carved in stone-variously named Beddou, Codam, Xaca, and Fo-became the man of flesh and blood that we know simply as the Buddha. He reveals that the positive view of the Buddha in Europe and America is rather recent, originating a little more than a hundred and fifty years ago. For centuries, the Buddha was condemned by Western writers as the most dangerous idol of the Orient. He was a demon, the murderer of his mother, a purveyor of idolatry. Lopez provides an engaging history of depictions of the Buddha from classical accounts and medieval stories to the testimonies of European travelers, diplomats, soldiers, and missionaries. Lopez shows that centuries of hostility toward the Buddha changed dramatically in th...

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