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1. Title Title of document Is This Book To Be Believed? - What the Buddha Thought
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Richard Gombrich; Oxford University; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddhism; history; Buddha; doctrines
5. Subject Subject classification BQ1-9800 Buddhism; BQ860-939 Gautama Buddha
6. Description Abstract I have tried in the pages above to show that the Buddha's main ideas are powerful and coherent. If I had a more thorough knowledge of the Pali Canon than, alas, I can claim, I would have made a better job of it; but surely I have done enough to show that this coherence is not imposed by my fantasy, but exists in the texts. Yet, according to the fashionable view represented by my critic, Buddhism, which at least in numerical terms must be the greatest movement in the entire history of human ideas, is a ball which was set rolling by someone whose ideas are not known and - one may presume from what he writes - can never be known. So the intellectual edifice which I have described came together by a process of accumulation, rather like an avalanche. I am reminded of the blindfolded monkeys whose random efforts somehow produce a typescript of the complete works of Shakespeare.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Aug-2009
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.19113
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; What the Buddha Thought
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global
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