UNIFORM WITH THE PRESENT WORK, AND FROM THE SAME SOURCES OF INFORMATION,
1. Gótama Budha.-2. The Laws and Regulations of the Priesthood.-3. The
Names and Titles of the Priests.-4. The Noviciate.-5. Ordination.-6. Celibacy.
-7. Poverty.-8. Mendicancy.-9. The Diet.-10. Sleep.-11. The Tonsure.-12.
The Habit.—13. The Residence.-14. Obedience.-15. The Exercise of Discipline.
-16. Miscellaneous Regulations.-17. The Order of Nuns.-18. The Sacred Books.
-19. Modes of Worship, Ceremonies, and Festivals.-20. Meditation.-21. Ascetic
Rites and Supernatural Powers.—22. Nirwána; its Paths and Fruition.-23. The
Modern Priesthood.-2. The Voice of the Past.-25. The Prospects of the Future.
With References, throughout, to the kindred Usages and Institutions of the Western
Fraternities and other Ascetics.
"The book is very curious, very laborious, and is crowded with extracts from original sources,
which cannot fail to be valuable."-Christian Remembrancer.
"Mr. Hardy's volume. . . . is a useful and important addition to our knowledge of the system of
Gótama Budha . . . . He has contented himself with giving us the substance of what information
he could obtain in Singhalese. Much of this is, however, intensely interesting and instructive, and
we trust that Mr. Hardy will receive encouragement enough to bring out his further work on the life
and general economy of Gótama Budha. Such volumes may not have so large a class of readers as
works in the lighter department of literature, but they are of great importance to the few who take
an interest in them."-Athenæum.
"The performance is masterly, and by this contribution to Anglo-Asiatic literature, a desideratum
in literature is confessedly supplied
Middleton's Letters from Rome excited much attention
in their day as pointing out the interchange between the usages of Pagan and those of Christian
Rome, but Mr. Hardy has disclosed a far more spacious field, and leads the way to an investigation
far more profound and more instructive to the Christian historian and philosopher. The volume de-
serves a European circulation; and written as it is, in a mild and evangelical spirit, without bitter-
ness, raillery, or appeal to popular or party feeling, in a style worthy of a scholar and a minister of the
Lord Jesus Christ, we should be glad to see it translated at once into French and German . . . This
unveiling of Eastern Monachism is no trifling contribution toward the establishment of Christianity
by the fuller instruction of its preachers in India."-
"The title-page is a good index to the volume; and all we have to do is to say, after going through
the work (for, having once begun, there really was no standing still till there was no more to be read,)
that the promise of the title-page is amply fulfilled, and fulfilled not only with untiring industry, but
with no ordinary ability. It is an invaluable contribution to our stock of information on one of the
most important subjects of oriental study
To all students, and to all collectors of books of
reference, we earnestly recommend this work. It should be found, too, on the shelves of public
libraries, both large and small. Of course, it has not the interest of history or biography for all
readers; but it should be accessible to all Christianly thoughtful readers."—Wesleyan Methodist
"In this work Mr. Hardy has supplied information on one important department of the subject
of Budhism, which, to most of our readers will be new-information, which, we venture to say, is
more full, more varied, more instructive, and more fraught with interest to the philosopher and the
Christian philanthropist, than what is to be found in any other available book on Budhism, in the
English, or any other language..
The work itself we most earnestly recommend to all our
readers, who are interested in the welfare of the hundreds of millions, who acknowledge in some form
or other the sovereign sway of Budha. It is a work of great research-abounding with original infor-
mation-and, altogether, one of the most valuable contributions of our day to the cause of oriental
Our readers ought to lose no time in possessing themselves of so rich a
treasure. One effect of an increased demand would be, that the able and learned author would,
thereby, be encouraged to risk the publication of his other work on the system, now ready for the
press. The non-publication of such a work, by so competent an author, we should regard as a prodigious
loss at once to oriental literature and to the cause of Christian philanthropy."-Calcutta Review.
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