Reflections on the History of Indian Buddhism

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16bfb6ff8c-a33a-452c-aa29-152d60a48d2a.j History of Buddhism in India
Author: Akira Hirakawa Translation: Zhuang Kunmu Publisher: Beijing United Publishing Company
Tags: History of Religion, Buddhism, History, Thought, Nonfiction
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why read this book

For a long time, I was an atheist, or was educated to be an atheist. When mentioning religion, the first thing that comes to mind is Marx’s famous phrase “religion is the opium of the people”. However, something happened earlier this year that made me no longer consider myself an atheist, and at the same time, I am not religious. After all, what religion is, I have absolutely no idea.

Before reading this book, I read Thich Nhat Hanh’s “The Life of the Buddha” and some other works on mindful living, as well as some books on meditation. I also practiced some simple meditations myself, and found it very helpful. Therefore, when a reading group I participated in organized a joint reading of the history of religions in June this year, I chose this “History of Indian Religions” to learn about Buddhism.

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