Born in Hamburg on October 31, , the son of a Protestant clergyman, Hermann Oldenberg completed doctoral studies in classical and Indic philology in at the University of Berlin with a dissertation on the Arval Brothers, an ancient Roman cult fraternity. Rhys Davids, founder of the Pali Text Society. The signal publication of this period of intense research on Buddhism is his Buddha: Sein Leben, seine Lehre, seine Gemeinde , written when he was only twenty-six, and "perhaps the most famous book ever written on Buddhism" J. While Oldenberg's active interest in Buddhist studies never flagged, Buddhism was for him one dimension of what was to be his Lebenswerk: nothing less than the systematic examination of India's earliest religious history. Indeed, his achievements in Vedic studies are — if this is possible — even more consequential than his contributions to Buddhist studies.
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Therefore I will not judge the quality of the findings and claims of Herman Oldenberg, but I will only express in modest way how I feel after reading it, what I believe I've learned and some other aspects that I find important. However, Oldenberg was sure not to leave the reader alone, and explained every concept in detail, therefore making my read very pleasurable and helping me understand the main ideas.
He was writing the book by which he could introduce Buddhism to the general public, and this also made his book very popular at his time, and there is good reason for that. Book comes well "equipped" with footnotes, explanations, sources and all these elements of well thought and scientific approach to writing. I can never express enough my gratitude for such approach. In addition to that, for some reason the book left me feeling very calm and somehow "purified".
I attribute this to the way I connected to the concept of the Middle Way. It is very peaceful, wisdom-oriented and stands as the opposite to the decadence of the world in which we live today. It is like a poetical insight into the peaceful coexistence of all beings. I'll close this review by saying that I do recommend this book, but I was not looking for exact science or truth, so I can not speak for the people who know Buddhism in depth. But as a person who was trying to understand the "colors" of these teachings and add another view to my inner understanding of the world, I came out quite satisfied.
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Buddha : His Life, His Doctrine, His Order
Buddha: His Life, His Doctrine, His Order