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Buddhist Religions : A Historical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0534207189
ISBN-13: 9780534207182
Edition: 4th 1997
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Description: With this historical introduction to Buddhism, the authors aim to portray the thoughts and actions of the followers of Buddha. The book covers ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, practice, and institutional history.

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List price: $40.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Wadsworth
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.34" wide x 9.20" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

With this historical introduction to Buddhism, the authors aim to portray the thoughts and actions of the followers of Buddha. The book covers ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, practice, and institutional history.

Prefacep. xiv
Map: The World of Buddhismp. xvi
Abbreviationsp. xviii
Introductionp. xix
The Buddha's Awakeningp. 1
The Social and Religious Context of Early Buddhismp. 1
Issues in Early North Indian Thoughtp. 3
The Quest for Awakeningp. 4
The Birth and Youth of the Bodhisattvap. 5
The Great Renunciationp. 6
The Bodhisattva's Studies and Austeritiesp. 8
Temptation by Marap. 8
The Awakeningp. 9
The Lessons of Awakeningp. 11
The Regularity of Phenomenap. 11
Nirvanap. 19
The Awakening as Paradigmp. 20
The Buddha as Teacher and Power Figurep. 22
The Response to the Awakened Onep. 22
The Buddha Begins Teachingp. 24
The First Encounterp. 24
Setting the Wheel of Dharma in Motionp. 25
An Analysis of the First Discoursep. 27
The Four Noble Truthsp. 27
The Stages of Awakeningp. 31
The Spread of the Religionp. 32
Taking Refugep. 32
The Development of the Sanghap. 33
The Middle Yearsp. 35
The Last Days and Beyondp. 37
Buddhist Devotionalismp. 39
The Etiquette of Devotionp. 40
The Development of Early Indian Buddhismp. 43
Sourcesp. 43
The Formation of the Canonsp. 45
The Early Monastic Lineagesp. 46
The Early Councils and the Attitude toward Sectarianismp. 48
Norms for Religious Lifep. 49
The Code of Discipline for Monksp. 49
Communal Governancep. 51
The Life of the Monksp. 52
The Life of the Nunsp. 54
The Laityp. 56
Asokap. 58
Abhidharmap. 62
The Lists (Matrka)p. 63
Points of Controversy: The Nature of the Individualp. 65
Points of Controversy: The Nature of Existencep. 66
Past-Life Narrativesp. 67
Jatakas and the Perfectionsp. 68
Avadanas and the Buddha-Fieldp. 70
The Stupa Cultp. 72
The Period of the Three vehiclesp. 75
Social Backgroundp. 75
The Cult of Maitreyap. 78
Monuments to the Triple Gemp. 80
Buddha and Bodhisattva Imagesp. 80
The Cult of the Bookp. 82
The Topography of Sacred Narrativep. 83
The Search for the Mahayanap. 84
The Ugrapariprcchap. 86
The Aksobhya-Vyuhap. 87
The Perfection of Discernment in 8,000 Linesp. 88
The Bodhisattva Elitesp. 90
Two Levels of Truthp. 91
Vaibhasikas and Sautrantikasp. 92
Nagarjunap. 94
Early Medieval Indian Buddhismp. 99
Portraits of a Buddhist Empirep. 99
Mahayana Sutrasp. 103
The Dasabhumika Sutrap. 104
The Sukhavati-Vyuha Sutrasp. 105
Issues in the Perfection of Discernmentp. 106
Scholastic Philosophyp. 116
Vasubandhu and the Abhidharmakosap. 118
Asanga and the Yogacarap. 119
Bhavaviveka and the Madhyamakap. 121
Buddhism in Late Medieval and Modern Indiap. 124
The Culture of Belligerencep. 124
Vajrayanap. 128
Tantrasp. 129
Siddhasp. 132
Sahajap. 135
The Vajra Cosmosp. 135
The Decimation of Indian Buddhismp. 138
Buddhism in Nepalp. 139
The Buddhist Revivalp. 141
Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asiap. 143
The Economy of Meritp. 143
Buddhism in "Further India"p. 146
The Theravada Connectionp. 150
The Colonial Periodp. 153
Sri Lankap. 154
Burmap. 155
Thailandp. 156
The Post-colonial Periodp. 157
Buddhism in the Villagep. 159
Buddhism in the Wildernessp. 166
Buddhism in the Cityp. 169
Buddhism in Central Asia and Chinap. 172
Central Asia
The Dharma Travels the Silk Roadp. 172
China
A Grand Assimilationp. 175
Buddhism on the Fringes of Societyp. 176
Buddhism Enters the Mainstream of Chinese Culturep. 178
Buddho-Taoismp. 180
The Rise of Buddhist Scholasticismp. 183
The Sui and T'ang Dynasties (581-907)p. 185
T'ien-t'aip. 188
Hua-yenp. 192
Pure Land (Ching-te)p. 197
The Three-Level Sect (San-chieh-chiao)p. 199
Ch'anp. 200
The Sung Dynasty (970-1279)p. 204
Ch'an Politicsp. 205
Ch'an Meditationp. 207
The Rise of Neo-Confucianismp. 209
The Religion of the Masses (1279-1949)p. 210
Religious Life: Devotionalp. 211
Religious Life: Monasticp. 213
Religious Life: Layp. 213
Modern Chinese Buddhismp. 215
A Buddhist Charitable Organizationp. 216
Buddhism in Korea and Vietnamp. 219
A Focal Point for Unity and Differencesp. 219
Korea
The Three Kingdoms Period (18 B.C.E.-688 C.E.)p. 220
The Unified Silla Dynasty (668-918)p. 222
Hwaom (Hua-yen)p. 223
Son (Ch'an)p. 223
The Koryo Dynasty (918-1392)p. 224
Uich'onp. 225
Chinulp. 225
T'aegop. 226
The Yi/Choson Dynasty (1392-1910)p. 227
Japanese Rule (1910-1945) and Its Aftermathp. 228
Buddhism in Modern Koreap. 229
Life in a Son Monasteryp. 230
Vietnam
Two Streams of Buddhism Convergep. 234
The Modern Periodp. 238
Buddhism in Japanp. 240
The Cult of Charismap. 240
The Importation of Korean Buddhismp. 242
The Importation of Chinese Buddhismp. 243
The Heian Period (804-1185)p. 245
The Kamakura Period (1185-1333)p. 249
Zenp. 249
Pure Landp. 252
Nichirenp. 254
The Muromachi Period (1336-1603)p. 255
The Tokugawa Period (1603-1868)p. 258
State Shinto in Control (1868-1945)p. 260
Modern Urban Buddhismp. 262
A Religion of Self-Empowermentp. 264
Buddhism in the Tibetan Cultural Areap. 268
A Vajrayana Orthodoxyp. 268
The Dharma Comes to Tibetp. 269
The First Propagationp. 270
The Second Propagationp. 273
The Period of Consolidationp. 277
Historical Issuesp. 277
Textsp. 278
Doctrinal Systemsp. 279
Politicsp. 281
The Age of the Dalai Lamasp. 283
The Dynamics of Tibetan Ritualp. 286
A Tradition at the Crossroadsp. 291
Buddhism Comes Westp. 292
Europe's Early Contact with Buddhismp. 292
The Awakening Meets the Enlightenmentp. 293
Buddhism and the Science of Humanityp. 294
The Appropriation of Buddhist Ideasp. 297
The Crisis of Cultural Relativismp. 299
Calls for Reformp. 303
The Varieties of Buddhism in North Americap. 306
Parent Traditionsp. 307
Modes of Transmissionp. 307
Grafting onto American Rootsp. 309
An Overview of the Three Major Canonsp. 312
Pronunciation Guidep. 316
Glossaryp. 321
Select Bibliographyp. 330
Indexp. 341
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