The Gospel of Buddha

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The Gospel of Buddha
AuthorPaul Carus
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The Gospel of Buddha is an 1894 book by Paul Carus. It is modeled on the New Testament and tells the story of Buddha through parables. It was an important tool in introducing Buddhism to the west and is used as a teaching tool by some Asian sects.

Carus believed that the modern world required a new Religion of Science. By the 1890s, inspired by the meetings and conversations at the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1893, he had decided that Buddhism was the closest faith to his ideal and created The Gospel of Buddha to popularize the religion in the West.[1]

The work was assembled from existing English translations of Buddhists texts, with significant amendments and reworkings.[2] His selection of texts favoured Buddhism as a philosophy without any supernatural elements. While criticized by contemporary scholars, this interpretation proved popular in the West, leading to a number of reprintings. It also influenced the development of Modern Buddhism in the 18th century in East Asia, notably in a Japanese translation of the book by D. T. Suzuki.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Donald S. Lopez (15 August 1995). Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism Under Colonialism. University of Chicago Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-226-49308-4.
  2. ^ Judith Snodgrass (2003). Presenting Japanese Buddhism to the West: Orientalism, Occidentalism, and the Columbian Exposition. Univ of North Carolina Press. pp. 233–. ISBN 978-0-8078-5458-7.

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