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A Buddhist Bible. Autor: Dwight Goddard. Fonte: Internet Sacred Text Archive. A BUDDHIST BIBLE. The Favorite Scriptures of the Zen Sect. History of Early Zen.
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Consider how the Bible arose. Four historical persons played key roles in bringing the Christian Bible to you. They were Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon, who thundered against any who did not accept exclusively the four gospels as divinely inspired; the 1st century ascetic Saint Jerome who translated Hebrew and Greek texts into the Latin Vulgate Bible; Johannes Gutenberg who in the s printed the first Bibles in Latin; and Richard Bancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury and chief overseer of the production of the King James Bible in English. In each man's case there was a power struggle in progress: Irenaeus was in doctrinal conflict expressed in " Against Heresies " with gnostic christians such as Valentinians whose scriptures were largely suppressed; Jerome was involved in the violent struggle in between rival pope-elects Damasus and Ursinus as secretary to Damasus; Gutenberg printed his Bibles while the erudite Pope Nicholas V, smarting from the invasion of Constantinople urged the Portuguese to retaliate against "Saracens, pagans and other enemies of Christ"; and Bancroft was commanded by King James I of England to purge the Bible text of catholic and puritan influences.
Each of these christians mentioned believed they were handling the actual words revealed supernaturally to men by a supreme God who promises salvation conditionally through a particular congregational organization, whose doctrines its clergy must find justified in its Bible. Buddhism however, like other religions that originated in the Indian subcontinent, is a dharmic teaching that owes nothing to any organization-hungry supreme being. The source of Buddhist doctrine is an earthly man Gautama Sidhartha, not a god but one who by purely human effort reached an Enlightenment that buddhists have gratefully received and shared ever since.
The question about collecting a concise set of texts about the universal beliefs in Buddhism is a good and reasonable idea. I think it has been done already! For example the Dhammapada offers a collection of Buddha's sayings in a popular form, and among the suttas I find the great Mahaparinibbana Sutta it means the Buddha's departure at death to Nirvana and the Maha-sihanada Sutta The Great Discourse on the Lion's Roar both readable and rich in doctrine. Others can point to writings ancient and modern that they recommend; my references are within the conservative Therevada school.
However there is little impetus to produce a literal "Buddhist Bible" although it has been done. The word "Bible" would contribute no more than the idea that the work is like the Christian Bible a collection of texts, and it would be seen as confronting the existing Bible. That is the approach of the Islamic Qur'an which Mohammad claimed is divinely revealed as an update and corrective to the Bible, and not the intention of Buddhism. One possible reason why christianism has been more reluctant to add new texts into their canon is that it is a profetic religion, that is, a religion based on revelation assumed to come directly from a superior or ultimate entity their God.
Buddhism would be a "mystical religion" based on humans accessing the ultimate truth directly. Christians or Jews or Muslims would need to be sure that a text was inspired directly by God in order to add it to their canon.
Just a guess. May be there were books clandestinely made and slowly destroyed by dominant Hindu patronage. The heavy hand of Emperor Asoka promulgated it on stone rather than on less permanent palmyra leaves as solidly standing popular effective stone reference sites. Invasions may also have destroyed any books along with the main Buddhist institutions. Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Why isn't there a Buddhist Bible? Ask Question. Asked 4 years, 11 months ago. Active 4 years, 8 months ago. Viewed 11k times. Matt Ball 2 2 bronze badges. Crab Bucket Crab Bucket There is always "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula that anyone can download for free off the internet, as well as countless other similar dhamma texts that teach the Buddha's teaching concisely.
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But i'm not really asking for a reference to a Buddhist Bible as such. I'm more asking why Buddhism itself has so many texts as compared to Christianity and why Buddhism as a religion never to my knowledge produced a concise document that was widely accepted and transmitted as part of the spread of the religion. ThiagoSilva this is a very valid point. From my own naive perspective the Bible seems to me to be something that has validity across all strands of Christianity.
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Does the Tripitaka have a similar status genuine question - i don't know. CrabBucket popular saying is that current Tripitakas are acknowledged by all ramifications of buddhism -- someone else here may know this in more details. But, though many translations are said to be quite consistent, some editions have significant variations, both in text and in books I've read that while Nikayas are pretty consistent overall across editions, the Abhidarma is drastically different. It is also hard to generalize the importance of variations in suttas: while many are of smaller importance, some are not.