Buddhist Karma and Social Control

  title={Buddhist Karma and Social Control},
  author={Richard Francis Gombrich},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={212 - 220}
  • R. Gombrich
  • Published 1 April 1975
  • Philosophy
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
The contents of sacred texts are not simply reproduced in the doctrines of the religions which venerate them; there must be interpretation and selective emphasis. This is most obviously true when the corpus of sacred literature is large, as in Christianity and Buddhism. Historians of these religions may therefore ask why certain doctrines and certain scriptures have been emphasized at the expense of others. 

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