Buddhist Religions A Historical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0534558585
ISBN-13: 9780534558581
Edition: 5th 2005 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $122.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

This historical introduction to Buddhism presents students with an engaging exploration of the diversity of thoughts and practices of a wide segment of followers of the Buddha. It covers five main aspects of Buddhism: ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, practice, and institutional history.

Preface
Map: The World of Buddhism
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Buddha's Awakening
The Social and Religious Context of Early Buddhism
Issues in Early North Indian Thought
The Quest for Awakening
The Birth and Youth of the Bodhisattva
The Great Renunciation
The Bodhisattva's Studies and Austerities
Temptation by Mara
The Awakening
The Lessons of Awakening
The Regularity of Phenomena
Nirvana
The Awakening as Paradigm
The Buddha as Teacher and Power Figure
The Response to the Awakened One
The Buddha Begins Teaching
The First Encounter
Setting the Wheel of Dharma in Motion
An Analysis of the First Discourse
The Four Noble Truths
The Stages of Awakening
The Spread of the Religion
Taking Refuge
The Development of the Sangha
The Middle Years
The Last Days and Beyond
Buddhist Devotionalism
The Etiquette of Devotion
The Development of Early Indian Buddhism
Sources
The Formation of the Canons
The Early Monastic Lineages
The Early Councils and the Attitude toward Sectarianism
Norms for Religious Life
The Code of Discipline for Monks
Communal Governance
The Life of the Monks
The Life of the Nuns
The Laity
Asoka
Abhidharma
The Lists (Matrka)
Points of Controversy: The Nature of the Individual
Points of Controversy: The Nature of Existence
Past-Life Narratives
Jatakas and the Perfections
Avadanas and the Buddha-Field
The Stupa Cult
The Period of the Three vehicles
Social Background
The Cult of Maitreya
Monuments to the Triple Gem
Buddha and Bodhisattva Images
The Cult of the Book
The Topography of Sacred Narrative
The Search for the Mahayana
The Ugrapariprccha
The Aksobhya-Vyuha
The Perfection of Discernment in 8,000 Lines
The Bodhisattva Elites
Two Levels of Truth
Vaibhasikas and Sautrantikas
Nagarjuna
Early Medieval Indian Buddhism
Portraits of a Buddhist Empire
Mahayana Sutras
The Dasabhumika Sutra
The Sukhavati-Vyuha Sutras
Issues in the Perfection of Discernment
Scholastic Philosophy
Vasubandhu and the Abhidharmakosa
Asanga and the Yogacara
Bhavaviveka and the Madhyamaka
Buddhism in Late Medieval and Modern India
The Culture of Belligerence
Vajrayana
Tantras
Siddhas
Sahaja
The Vajra Cosmos
The Decimation of Indian Buddhism
Buddhism in Nepal
The Buddhist Revival
Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia
The Economy of Merit
Buddhism in "Further India"
The Theravada Connection
The Colonial Period
Sri Lanka
Burma
Thailand
The Post-colonial Period
Buddhism in the Village
Buddhism in the Wilderness
Buddhism in the City
Buddhism in Central Asia and China
Central Asia
The Dharma Travels the Silk Road
China
A Grand Assimilation
Buddhism on the Fringes of Society
Buddhism Enters the Mainstream of Chinese Culture
Buddho-Taoism
The Rise of Buddhist Scholasticism
The Sui and T'ang Dynasties (581-907)
T'ien-t'ai
Hua-yen
Pure Land (Ching-te)
The Three-Level Sect (San-chieh-chiao)
Ch'an
The Sung Dynasty (970-1279)
Ch'an Politics
Ch'an Meditation
The Rise of Neo-Confucianism
The Religion of the Masses (1279-1949)
Religious Life: Devotional
Religious Life: Monastic
Religious Life: Lay
Modern Chinese Buddhism
A Buddhist Charitable Organization
Buddhism in Korea and Vietnam
A Focal Point for Unity and Differences
Korea
The Three Kingdoms Period (18 B.C.E.-688 C.E.)
The Unified Silla Dynasty (668-918)
Hwaom (Hua-yen)
Son (Ch'an)
The Koryo Dynasty (918-1392)
Uich'on
Chinul
T'aego
The Yi/Choson Dynasty (1392-1910)
Japanese Rule (1910-1945) and Its Aftermath
Buddhism in Modern Korea
Life in a Son Monastery
Vietnam
Two Streams of Buddhism Converge
The Modern Period
Buddhism in Japan
The Cult of Charisma
The Importation of Korean Buddhism
The Importation of Chinese Buddhism
The Heian Period (804-1185)
The Kamakura Period (1185-1333)
Zen
Pure Land
Nichiren
The Muromachi Period (1336-1603)
The Tokugawa Period (1603-1868)
State Shinto in Control (1868-1945)
Modern Urban Buddhism
A Religion of Self-Empowerment
Buddhism in the Tibetan Cultural Area
A Vajrayana Orthodoxy
The Dharma Comes to Tibet
The First Propagation
The Second Propagation
The Period of Consolidation
Historical Issues
Texts
Doctrinal Systems
Politics
The Age of the Dalai Lamas
The Dynamics of Tibetan Ritual
A Tradition at the Crossroads
Buddhism Comes West
Europe's Early Contact with Buddhism
The Awakening Meets the Enlightenment
Buddhism and the Science of Humanity
The Appropriation of Buddhist Ideas
The Crisis of Cultural Relativism
Calls for Reform
The Varieties of Buddhism in North America
Parent Traditions
Modes of Transmission
Grafting onto American Roots
An Overview of the Three Major Canons
Pronunciation Guide
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index

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