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Karma in Buddhism: Not Fate but an Act of Volition.
Pages 16 (4016 words)
The emergence of Buddhism, as founded by Buddha – the Indian local prince of Shakyas, named Siddhārtha Gautama in about 563 BC (Samovar et al 2010, p. 139), was a result of a religious revolution against the Brāhmanic philosophy (Marwaha 2006; Tola and Dragonetti 2009)…
at the bottom of the hierarchy (Tola and Dragonetti 2009, p. 8).
Although Buddhism was only one among the sixty-two (62) various schools of philosophy similarly opposed to Brāhmanic philosophy, it was however the most outstanding and most revolutionary, not because it was violent – on the contrary it actually renounced violence – but because its teachings had hit Brāhmanism to the core (Marwaha 2006). As the great German Indologist, Albrecht Weber best described: “Buddhism is, in its origin, one of the most magnificent and radical reactions in favour of the universal human rights of the individual against the oppressing tyranny of the pretended privileges of divine origin, of birth, and of class” (cited in Tola and Dragonetti 2009, p. 1). ...
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