The Foundations of Buddhism

Author: Rupert Gethin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192892231

Category: Religion

Page: 333

View: 369

In this introduction to the foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of Buddhism (Thervada, Tibetan and Eastern) which exist in the world today.

Buddhist Thought

A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition

Author: Paul Williams,Anthony Tribe,Alexander Wynne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136520880

Category: Religion

Page: 276

View: 2699

This book serves as an accessible and reliable survey for students wishing to gain familiarity with the basic ideas of Buddhist philosophical and religious thought, and with some of the recent research in the field. It guides readers towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Abstract and complex ideas are made understandable by the authors' clear and engaging style. The second edition has been fully revised in light of new scholarship, in particular on Mahāyāna Buddhism and Tantric Buddhism, an often neglected and inadequately understood topic. As well as a detailed bibliography this authoritative resource now includes recommended further reading, study questions, a pronunciation guide and extensive glossary of terms, all aimed at helping students to develop their knowledge and appreciation of Buddhist thought.

Dharma Rain

Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism

Author: Stephanie Kaza,Kenneth Kraft

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1570624755

Category: Nature

Page: 491

View: 9671

Contemporary Buddhist insights on environmentalism are assembled here, with contributions from Basho, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Gary Snyder, Chogyam Trungpa, Gretel Ehrlich, Peter Mattiessen, Philip Glass, and others. Original.

Sayings of the Buddha

New Translations from the Pali Nikayas

Author: Rupert Gethin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019283925X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 307

View: 3807

This edition offers a new translation of a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings reflecting the full variety of material: biography of the Buddha, narrative, myth, short sayings, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life. It provides an excellent introduction to Buddhist scripture.

An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

Author: Padmasiri De Silva

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349212121

Category: Psychology

Page: 154

View: 2364

An introduction to the foundations of Buddhist psychology, this book deals with the nature of psychological inquiry, concepts of mind, conciousness and behaviour, emotions and personality, motivation and the therapeutic structures of Buddhist psychology.

The Making of Buddhist Modernism

Author: David L. McMahan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199720293

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 8227

A great deal of Buddhist literature and scholarly writing about Buddhism of the past 150 years reflects, and indeed constructs, a historically unique modern Buddhism, even while purporting to represent ancient tradition, timeless teaching, or the "essentials" of Buddhism. This literature, Asian as well as Western, weaves together the strands of different traditions to create a novel hybrid that brings Buddhism into alignment with many of the ideologies and sensibilities of the post-Enlightenment West. In this book, David McMahan charts the development of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes a wide range of popular and scholarly writings produced by Buddhists around the globe. He focuses on ideological and imaginative encounters between Buddhism and modernity, for example in the realms of science, mythology, literature, art, psychology, and religious pluralism. He shows how certain themes cut across cultural and geographical contexts, and how this form of Buddhism has been created by multiple agents in a variety of times and places. His position is critical but empathetic: while he presents Buddhist modernism as a construction of numerous parties with varying interests, he does not reduce it to a mistake, a misrepresentation, or fabrication. Rather, he presents it as a complex historical process constituted by a variety of responses -- sometimes trivial, often profound -- to some of the most important concerns of the modern era.

Buddhism in Practice

(Abridged Edition)

Author: Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400880076

Category: Religion

Page: 480

View: 7343

This anthology, first published in 1995, illustrates the vast scope of Buddhist practice in Asia, past and present. Re-released now in a slimmer but still extensive edition, Buddhism in Practice presents a selection of thirty-five translated texts--each preceded by a substantial introduction by its translator. These unusual sources provides the reader with a sense of the remarkable diversity of the practices of persons who over the course of 2,500 years have been identified, by themselves or by others, as Buddhists. Demonstrating the many continuities among the practices of Buddhist cultures widely separated by both history and geography, Buddhism in Practice continues to provide an ideal introduction to Buddhism and a source of new insights for scholars.

Early Buddhism

A New Approach : the I of the Beholder

Author: Sue Hamilton

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780700713578

Category: Religion

Page: 233

View: 5825

New interpretations of the central teachings of early Buddhism, mainly the relationship between identity and perception in early Buddhism.

World of the Buddha

An Introduction to the Buddhist Literature

Author: N.A

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802198252

Category: Religion

Page: 480

View: 3680

Selections from the most significant texts in the body of Buddhist literature. For readers who want a deeper understanding of Buddhism, this is a rich, varied, and comprehensive collection in one volume. It includes the most significant texts from the vast body of Buddhist literature, and includes translations from Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Lao. For the benefit of the newcomer to Buddhism—or for those using it in an academic context—the pieces are arranged in chronological order, and each chapter is preceded by a separate commentary. In addition, there is a comprehensive description of life in India at the time of the Buddha and an outline of his life and mission. “The best available translations.” —Library Journal

Pain and Its Ending

The Four Noble Truths in the Theravada Buddhist Canon

Author: Carol Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136813322

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 3882

Demonstrates how the four noble truths are used thorughout the Pali canon as a symbol of Buddha's enlightenment and as a doctrine within a larger network of Buddha's teachings. Their unique nature rests in their function as a proposition and as a symbol in the Theravada canon.


Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume

Author: Stephanie Kaza

Publisher: Shambhala Publications


Category: Religion

Page: 271

View: 6096

Fresh perspectives on craving and attachment offer solutions to the negative effects of consumerism and explain how to apply Buddhist thought and ethics to overcome the problem of overconsumption both as individuals and collectively. Original.

Mahayana Buddhism

The Doctrinal Foundations

Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134250576

Category: Religion

Page: 456

View: 8443

Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion’s diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams’ book the ideal companion to their studies.


Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners

Author: Todd Lewis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118322088

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 1388

Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Practitioners provides a series of case studies of Asian and modern Western Buddhists, spanning history, gender, and class, whose lives are representative of the ways in which Buddhists throughout time have embodied the tradition. Portrays the foundational principles of Buddhist belief through the lives of believers, illustrating how the religion is put into practice in everyday life Takes as its foundation the inherent diversity within Buddhist society, rather than focusing on the spiritual and philosophical elite within Buddhism Reveals how individuals have negotiated the choices, tensions, and rewards of living in a Buddhist society Features carefully chosen case studies which cover a range of Asian and modern Western Buddhists Explores a broad range of possible Buddhist orientations in contemporary and historical contexts


An Introduction

Author: John S. Strong

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780745060

Category: Religion

Page: 496

View: 624

Buddhisms: An Introduction represents a novel way of presenting the whole of the Buddhist tradition in its unity and multiplicity. Clear in its explanations, replete with tables and suggestions for further reading, it should appeal to students, yet also be of interest to scholars for some of its ways of viewing the Buddha, his teachings, and the Buddhist community through the ages. The volume begins with an overview-introduction to the many aspects of Buddhism by surveying the modern-day temples that exist in Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace. It then recounts not only the story of the Buddha’s life, but the ways in which subsequent Buddhist traditions sought to overcome the absence of the Buddha, after his death. Turning to Buddhist Doctrine, it expands the notion of the Middle Way to depict the manner in which Buddhism both avoided or incorporated the extreme teachings extant in India in its time. It then goes on to show how the theme of the Middle Way also helps us understand the transition to later schools of Buddhist thought. Finally, it examines the establishment and nature of Buddhist community life before going on to show its development in the very different environments of Thailand, Japan, and Tibet. Throughout, the author does not hesitate to lace his explanations with personal anecdotes and insights gathered during over forty years of studying Buddhism and travelling and living in Buddhist countries.

An Introduction to Buddhism

Teachings, History and Practices

Author: Peter Harvey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521859425

Category: Religion

Page: 521

View: 5013

Extensively revised and updated, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the development of Buddhism in Asia and the West.

What the Buddha Taught

Author: Walpola Rahula

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 178074000X

Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 8540

This clear and informative guide draws on the words spoken by the Buddha to convey the true nature of Buddhist wisdom. It also features an illustrative section of texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada, a glossary of Buddhist terms and an up-to-date bibliography.

The Experience of Buddhism

Sources and Interpretations

Author: N.A

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780495094869

Category: Religion

Page: 418

View: 1765

Part of the "Religious Life in History Series," this comprehensive anthology provides translations of texts illustrative of Buddhist philosophy and doctrine as well as descriptive, concrete accounts of Buddhist practices, rituals, and experiences. Author John Strong gives careful consideration to many key aspects of the religion in a wide range of geographic and cultural arenas, from Asia to the United States, and gives students a sense of Buddhism's historical evolution in each area. In addition, this new edition of THE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISM uniquely offers students a list of pertinent bibliographic suggestions after each reading, giving them the opportunity to both enhance their understanding of the material and streamline their research and paper-writing process.

The Buddhist Path to Awakening

Author: R.M.L. Gethin

Publisher: Oneworld Publications Limited


Category: Religion

Page: 382

View: 6128

A study of a classic list of Buddhist teachings which includes such familiar items as the four establishings of mindfulness and the noble eightfold path.

The Weaving of Mantra

Kûkai and the Construction of Esoteric Buddhist Discourse

Author: Ryûichi Abé

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231528870

Category: Religion

Page: 620

View: 8441

The great Buddhist priest Kûkai (774-835) is credited with the introduction and establishment of tantric -or esoteric -Buddhism in early ninth-century Japan. In Ryûichi Abé examines this important religious figure -neglected in modern academic literatu

Selfless Persons

Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism

Author: Steven Collins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521397261

Category: Philosophy

Page: 323

View: 1853

This book explains the Buddhist doctrine of annattá ("not-self"), which denies the existence of any self, soul, or enduring essence in man. The author relates this doctrine to its cultural and historical context, particularly to its Brahman background. He shows how the Theravada Buddhist tradition has constructed a philosophical and psychological account of personal identity on the apparently impossible basis of the denial of self. Although the emphasis of the book is firmly philosophical, Dr. Collins makes use of a number of academic disciplines, particularly those of anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and comparative religion, in an attempt to discover the "deep structure" of Buddhist culture and imagination, and to make these doctrines comprehensible in terms of the western history of ideas.