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The History & Literature of Buddhism
By T.W. Rhys Davids
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
$22.50 Paper Original
Before T.W. Rhys Davids and some others ventured into interpretations of obscure sources of Buddhist philosophy and history, most of the material was lying scattered. Rhys Davids, who followed the established codes of research in classical history and literature, felt that "Buddhism should not be treated as a religion such as is understood by those who regard religion as consisting of certain beliefs and ideas concerning the soul and its destiny and of the various deities who are supposed to help or hinder human beings in the attainment of the ultimate goal." He regards Buddhism as a different kind of religion divorced from all that is known of religion in the traditional sense of the term.