The Buddha and his Awakening
This chapter first summarizes what the attested and explicit Early Buddhism looks like, based on the analysis and presentation of data in the rest of the book. It suggests that the Buddha started out teaching not only what he himself came to understand through his practice, but also how to come to the same understanding by doing what he had done. In fact, the key elements of the story telling how Gautama became the Buddha do correspond closely to reconstructable Early Buddhist practices actually attested both in the Greek sources and in the five tapas (ascetic practices) of the Early Buddhist practitioners. The remainder of the chapter discusses Early Normative Buddhism and the Buddha's reaction to Zoroastrianism.
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