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Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism

A Social-Psychological Exploration of the Origins of a World Religion

By Torkel Brekke

Routledge – 2002 – 160 pages

Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

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Description

Why did people in North India from the 5th century BC choose to leave the world and join the sect of the Buddha? This is the first book to apply the insights of social psychology in order to understand the religious motivation of the people who constituted the early Buddhist community. It also addresses the more general and theoretically controversial question of how world religions come into being, by focusing on the conversion process of the individual believer.

Contents

1. The Skandhaka of the Vinaya Pitaka and its Historical Value 2. The Early Samgha and the Laity 3. Conversion in Buddhism 4. Contradiction and the Merit of Giving in Indian Religions 5. The Role of Fear in Indian Religions with Special Reference to Buddhism 6. The Religious Motivation of the Early Buddhists

Author Bio

Torkel Brekke holds a DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford on the politics of religious identity in colonial South Asia. He is currently a research fellow funded by the Norwegian Research Council. His main research interest is the interaction between religions ideas and processes of political and historical change.

Name: Religious Motivation and the Origins of Buddhism: A Social-Psychological Exploration of the Origins of a World Religion (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Torkel Brekke. Why did people in North India from the 5th century BC choose to leave the world and join the sect of the Buddha? This is the first book to apply the insights of social psychology in order to understand the religious motivation of the people who...
Categories: Buddhism, History of Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, South Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, Asian Philosophy, Asian Religion, Asian Studies