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Buddhist Catechism

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The simple aim of this little book is to give so succinct and yet comprehensive a digest of Buddhistic history, ethics and philosophy as to enable beginners to understand and appreciate the noble ideal taught by the Buddha, and thus make it easier for them to follow out the Dharma in its details. In this book, information is presented in a catechism format: question and answer. The matter has been grouped within five categories, viz.: (1) The Life of the Buddha; (2) the Doctrine; (3) the Sangha, or monastic order; (4) a brief history of Buddhism, its Councils and propaganda; (5) some reconciliation of Buddhism with science. and there is a most enlightening appendix which give 14 fundamental Buddhist beliefs that were universally accepted at the time.

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Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa

THE

BUDDHIST CATECHISM

BY

HENRY S. OLCOTT

PRESIDENT FOUNDER OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

Approved and recommended for use in Buddhist schools by H. Sumangala, Pradhana Nayaka Sthavira, High Priest of Sripada and the Western Province and Principal of the Vidyodaya Parivena

FORTY FOURTH EDITION. (Corrected)

Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras

LONDON AND BENARES: THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING SOCIETY

1915

DEDICATION

In token of respect and affection I dedicate to my counsellor and friend of many years, Hikkaduwe Sumangala, Pradhana Nayaka Sthavira and High Priest of Adam's Peak (Sripada) and the Western Province, THE BUDDHIST CATECHISM, in its revised form.

H. S. OLCOTT

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