THE TEACHINGS OF BUDDHA.
a For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight;
He canat be wrong whose life is in the right.a
The discussion of a national religion is always a delicate task, but, having so far considered only the physical and political aspect of the Burmese, I feel that I may no longer avoid giving some account of their conception of the universe and the Hereafter, matters with which, truth to tell, they were wont to trouble themselves less than any other Eastern nation with which I ever came in contact.
I shall endeavour to convey some idea of their attitude towards their great teacher, Buddha ; and I think that the reader will share my opinion that the absence of that fanaticism, so characteristic of the natives of Hindostan, is a blessing to rulers and ruled alike.
The a Contemplative One a after sacrificing all manner of brilliant waorldly prospects, retiring in lieu thereof into remote places for the purpose of indulging in holy meditation, reached his eightieth year, and, having completed the necessary cycles of transmigration, passed away to a Complete Nirvana,a the coveted annihilation and end of all things.
Next to him in the cycle came Gautama, to whom were dedicated the many pagodas and temples found all over the land.Next to him in the cycle came Gautama, to whom were dedicated the many pagodas and temples found all over the land.