What Buddhists Believe
Table of Contents
PART ONE: LIFE AND MESSAGE OF THE BUDDHA
Chapter 1 Life and Nature of the Buddha
Gautama, the Buddha
Nature of the Buddha
Was Buddha an Incarnation of God?
The Buddha's Service
Historical Evidence of the Buddha
Salvation Through Arahantahood
Attainment of Buddhahood
Trikaya The Three Bodies of the Buddha
Chapter 2 His Message
Message for All
The Buddha's Silence
The Buddha's Attitude Towards Worldly Knowledge
The Last Message of the Buddha
Chapter 3 After the Buddha
Does the Buddha Exist After His Death?
A Successor to the Buddha
The Future Buddha
PART TWO: BUDDHISM: ESSENCE AND COMPARATIVE APPROACH
Chapter 4 Timeless Truth of the Buddha
The Lion's Roar
What is Buddhism?
The Ultimate Truth
Two Main Schools of Buddhism
Chapter 5 Basic Doctrines
What is Abhidhamma?
Mind and Matter(Nama-Rupa)
Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path: The Middle Way
Everything is changeable
What is Kamma
Law of Dependent Origination
Eternalism and Nihilism
Can the First Cause be Known
Is There an Eternal Soul?
Chapter 6 Buddhism Vis-A-Vis Other Approaches
Is Buddhism Similar to Other Contemporary Teachings in India?
Is Buddhism a Theory or a Philosophy?
Is Buddhism Pessimistic ?
Is Buddhism Atheistic?
PART THREE: LEADING A BUDDHIST LIFE
Chapter 7 Moral Foundation For Mankind
What is the Purpose of Life?
Buddhism for Man in Society
The Buddhist Way of Life for Householders
Chapter 8 Buddhist Morality and Practice
What is Vinaya?
Ten Meritorious and Ten Evil Actions
The Buddhist Attitude to Animal Life
The Need for Tolerance Today
Buddhist Funeral Rites
Chapter 9 Dhamma and Ourselves as Refuge
Why We take Refuge in the Buddha
No Self Surrender
Do It Yourself
Man is Responsible for Everything
Man is His Own Jailor
You Protect Yourself
How to Save Yourself
Chapter 10 Prayer, Meditation and Religious Practices
Faith, Confidence and Devotion
The Meaning of Prayer
The Significance of Paritta Chanting
Are Buddhists Idol Worshippers?
Religious Significance of Fasting
The Moon and Religious Observances
PART FOUR: HUMAN LIFE IN SOCIETY
Chapter 11 Life and Culture
Traditions, Customs and Festivals
Buddhism and Women
Buddhism and Politics
Chapter 12 Marriage, Birth Control and Death
Buddhist Views on Marriage
Why Does the World Population Increase?
PART FIVE: A RELIGION FOR REAL HUMAN PROGRESS
Chapter 13 Nature, Value and Choice of Religious Beliefs
Man and Religion
Which is the Proper Religion?
Moral and Spiritual Development
The God Idea
Changing of Religious Label Before Death
Short-cut to Paradise
Chapter 14 Promoter of True Human Culture
Religion in a Scientific Age
Religion of Freedom
Chapter 15 War and Peace
Why is There No Peace?
Can We Justify War?
Can a Buddhist Join the Army?
PART SIX: THIS WORLD AND OTHER WORLDS
Chapter 16 Realms of Existence
The Origin of the World
Other World Systems
The Buddhist Concept of Heaven and Hell
Belief in Deities(Devas)
The Significance of Transference of Merits to the Departed
Chapter 17 Divination and Dreams
Astrology and Astronomy
Fortune-Telling and Charms
Dreams and Their Significance
Superstitions and Dogmas