By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Jeanne Malmgren

Bhante Gunaratana —Bhante G., as he's affectionately called—has lengthy been one of the so much liked Buddhist lecturers within the West. Ordained at twelve, he may finally develop into the 1st Buddhist chaplain at an American college, the founding father of a retreat heart and monastery, and a bestselling author.

Here, Bhante G. lays naked the often-surprising ups and downs of his seventy-five years, from his boyhood in Sri Lanka to his many years of sharing the insights of the Buddha, telling his tale with the "plain-English" technique for which he's so popular.

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USA emerged as one and only such state which harnessed the Statecum-bank ideology and became global leader of capitalist order. It went along this course to the extent of dictating the erring states like Italy in 1948 and assumed the role of political leader and financial banker too during the post-war period. Then came Nixon who waged war against debts and released capital flow. 42 Buddhism and Dalits : Social Philosophy and Traditions Thus, the real economy of joint efforts of state and bank coordination produced 90 percent result to productivity but speculation crept in and this joint venture declined in giving productivity.

The world of righteousness lies on earth and is to be reached by man by righteous conduct. To remove misery each one of the people must learn to be righteous in his conduct in relation to others and thereby make the earth the democracy of righteousness (p. 283). Panch Shila, Ashtang Marga and Paramitas can make man righteous. Only righteousness can remove this inequity and the resultant misery. Two functions are necessary to practice righteousness, (1) to know what is right and what is wrong and, (2) to follow right and not to follow wrong.

Historian Romila Thapar writes that the Asokavadana legend is, in all probability, a "Buddhist version of Pusyamitra's attack of the Mauryas", and reflects the fact that, with the declining influence of Buddhism in the Imperial court, Buddhist monuments and institutions would receive less attention. The accuracy ofthe Buddhist texts that record Pusyamitra's persecution of Buddhists has been debated by historians. The first accounts appear two centuries after Pushyamitra's reign in Asokavadana and the Divayavadana.

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