Wider understanding of Buddhism
Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche
Author: Shelton Ranasinghe
The book Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche discusses the human
mental process in accordance with the Buddhist doctrine. The author with
his deep knowledge on Buddhism analyses what Buddha taught in 2500 year
ago making comparisons with the modern science.
In addition the author goes extra mile to discuss the elements of
other religions hence providing a broader vision. This book gives wider
understanding of Buddhism and it is presented in a reader friendly
An unconventional approach to Buddhist doctrine
I read this book from cover to cover and it is brilliant. I have not
read any book about Buddhism as good as this one. His analyses, the use
of computer models, logical presentations of facts and flow diagrams are
amazing and clear.
The author obviously has read many books on Buddhism and is extremely
knowledgeable. Now I have had the benefit of educating myself through
what he has written and this has given me an opportunity to re-evaluate
my thinking on this subject.
The author’s ability to read the Buddhist scripture and extract what
Buddha really meant or said (also not said) is the greatest contribution
he has made in this book.
He has shown how and why rebirth and karma have been included as
parts of Buddha’s philosophy as practised today, and why those aspects
have become cornerstone of the conventional Buddhist teaching.
The cessation of suffering and anatta (non-self) are the two pillars
of Buddhist teaching that Buddha regarded as the essence of his doctrine
and the subsequent discourses he made during his life time.
In this context the author has shown that the concepts of karma,
rebirth, existence of gods and even nirvana were part of Hindu culture
prior to Buddha’s time.
Buddhism, as known and practised today, has unfortunately married
them to the original teachings of Buddha to make Buddhism more palatable
to a greater mass of people.
This book is a ‘must’ for anyone with an open mind, irrespective of
one’s religious background.