Religion Past and Present

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I. History of Religion – II. Missiology

I. History of Religion

1. The Buddha and his Teaching.

Although the biographical dates of the historical Buddha are uncertain, scholars generally put them at 563–483 bce. The Buddha understood his own teaching as a path to redemption, i.e., to liberation from the wretched cycle of rebirths. This teaching (Dharma) is often expressed in a medical metaphor: the Buddha identified the fundamental problem of existence as an illness, found its …

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Astley, Ian, Mürmel, Heinz, Sagaster, Klaus, Baumann, Martin, Yaldiz, Marianne and Schumann, Olaf, “Buddhism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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