The Buddhist Conception of Spirits

FREE Delivery
(20% off)
Delivery Ships in 1-3 days
Item Code: IDJ059
Author: B. C. Law
Publisher: 0---------PILGRIMS PUBLISHING VARAN_01
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 8176240028
Pages: 124
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.4" X 5.4"
Fully insured
Fully insured
Shipped to 153 countries
Shipped to 153 countries
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
23 years in business
23 years in business
Book Description
Preface to the first Edition

My object, in writing this short treatise, has been to acquaint the public, as far as possible, with what the ancient Buddhists thought about spirits and spirit world. A study of the Preta Belief among the Southern Buddhists is likely to be attractive. Materials have been drawn for the first time from the Hmayana Buddhist literature and specially from the Paramatthadipam (The Elucidation of the Highest Meaning) on the Petauatthu (Preta Stories), that is the commentary on the Petauatthu which is one of the books of the Khuddaka Nikaya, written by Dhammapala of Kancipura (Conjevaram). I fully agree with Mrs. Rhys Davids that the foolish little poems contained in the Petauatthu are no good but the stories given in its commentary present before us a very interesting side of the Preta belief. I am glad to find that the Petauatthu has been translated into German by Dr. Stede, but its commentary has not yet been translated into any modern language.

Professor Nilmani Chakravartty, M.A., has contributed a paper on "Spirit belief in the Jataka Stories" (JASB., x, New Series No.7 257-263) in which an attempt has been made to give a brief account of spirit belief, as far as it can be gathered from the Jataka stories. The materials for his subject have been collected from the Jatakas only save and except a very few which are noticed in my treatise. I am indebted to Rao Saheb Dr. S. Krishnaswami Aiyanagar, M.A., Ph.D., of the University of Madras, for his foreword.


About the Book:

Written in the early 1920's 'The Buddhist Conception of Spirits' is an in depth discussion of the Buddhist beliefs regarding the sprit world.

Drawing conclusions from various Hinayana texts B. C. Law had delved deeply into the subject of 'Preta' (Ghosts/Sprits) as viewed by the Buddhist world. Not only does it discuss the beliefs but also relates a number of stories relating to the 'Preta Lok' (Ghost/Sprit world).

It is an aspect of Buddhism not often discussed, but an area that is very much alive to the peoples of the sub continent. B.C. Law has also taken into consideration the Hindu stand on this subject and relates to the similarities and differences in the two schools of thought.

Pretas and Pitaras 1
First Expression of the Preta – Belief in Buddhism 8
Formal Expression of the Belief 21
Physical Description of the Pretas 35
Preta – stories 43
Doctrinal Bearings of the Stories 104
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. What locations do you deliver to ?
    A. Exotic India delivers orders to all countries having diplomatic relations with India.
  • Q. Do you offer free shipping ?
    A. Exotic India offers free shipping on all orders of value of $30 USD or more.
  • Q. Can I return the book?
    A. All returns must be postmarked within seven (7) days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in new and unused condition, with all original tags and labels attached. To know more please view our return policy
  • Q. Do you offer express shipping ?
    A. Yes, we do have a chargeable express shipping facility available. You can select express shipping while checking out on the website.
  • Q. I accidentally entered wrong delivery address, can I change the address ?
    A. Delivery addresses can only be changed only incase the order has not been shipped yet. Incase of an address change, you can reach us at [email protected]
  • Q. How do I track my order ?
    A. You can track your orders simply entering your order number through here or through your past orders if you are signed in on the website.
  • Q. How can I cancel an order ?
    A. An order can only be cancelled if it has not been shipped. To cancel an order, kindly reach out to us through [email protected].
Add a review
Have A Question

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Book Categories