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Buddhist Catechism

H. S. Olcott (1832-1907)

1. THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA
2. THE DHARMA OR DOCTRINE
3. THE SANGHA
4. THE RISE AND SPREAD OF BUDDHISM
5. BUDDHISM AND SCIENCE
6. APPENDIX: FUNDAMENTAL BUDDHISTIC BELIEFS

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The simple aim of this little book is to give so succinct and yet comprehensive a digest of Buddhistic history, ethics and philosophy as to enable beginners to understand and appreciate the noble ideal taught by the Buddha, and thus make it easier for them to follow out the Dharma in its details. In this book, information is presented in a catechism format: question and answer. The matter has been grouped within five categories, viz.: (1) The Life of the Buddha; (2) the Doctrine; (3) the Sangha, or monastic order; (4) a brief history of Buddhism, its Councils and propaganda; (5) some reconciliation of Buddhism with science. and there is a most enlightening appendix which give 14 fundamental Buddhist beliefs that were universally accepted at the time.