The Awakening of Faith
Edited By Alan Hull Walton
Translated from Sanskrit by Timothy Richard
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
110 pages, Illustrated, 5 ½” x 8 ½”
This is the title of one of the most important religious books in the world, occupying, in the literature of the Higher Buddhism, a place not dissimilar to that of our own New Testament. Its importance is increased when one considers that it formulates the fundamental doctrines of the Mahayana School, and was written by Ashvaghosha, one of the greatest poets of India, during the early part of the first century AD – a period when communication between East and West was reasonably frequent and extensive.
Not only have Buddhist sages considered it one of the five most valuable Buddhist scriptures by eminent Western scholars, and has been quoted and praised by such writers as Aldous Huxley, Dr. E.Y. Evans-Wentz, E.A. Burtt, Christmas Humphreys, Maurice Percheron, Dr. Edward Conze, and others. Much published work offers material for a study of the apparently common ground of Buddhism and Christianity, but few shed greater light than this reasonably short work by the first and finest full-length biographer of Gautama the Buddha.
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