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Examining the historical development of Buddhism and its presence today, this guide covers: principal traditions; practices and beliefs; ethical guidelines and philosophy; religious texts; and, community. It is suitable for students and interested readers wanting to familiarise themselves with the Buddhist faith.
Explaining the key teachings and historical development of Buddhism, this book contains chapters on Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist and War, Buddhism in the Western World and Meditation.
This comprehensive introductory overview explores all aspects of the origins, evolution, and current practice of Theravada, the oldest surviving Buddhist school of thought. Theravada Buddhism offers an enriching and enlightening introduction to the history, teachings, and practice of Theravada for students of Buddhism.
An insider's account of day-to-day life inside a Tibetan monastery, this text reveals to Western audiences the details of monastic education. Georges B.J. Dreyfus weaves together autobiographical reflections with a historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism and insights into its teachings.
This book explores how multi-life stories served to construct, communicate, and challenge ideas about karma and rebirth within early South Asia.
With more than 5,000 entries totalling over a million words, this dictionary of Buddhism in English covers terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It also includes an appendix of Buddhist lists, a timeline, six maps, and two diagrams.
This groundbreaking work challenges contemporary stereotypes by revealing how both Buddhist and Muslim religious traditions were shaped by a millennium of cross-cultural exchange along the Silk Road from Iran to China.
This text argues that, contrary to traditional beliefs, women in Tantric Buddhism are not subordinated. It presents evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality.
The Training Anthology-or T'Sik.sa-samuccaya-is a collection of quotations from Buddhist sutras with commentary by the eighth-century North Indian master 'Santideva. This annotated translation includes a detailed analysis of the philosophy of the Training Anthology and an introduction to 'Santideva's cultural and religious contexts.
Popular understanding of Zen Buddhism typically involves a stereotyped image of isolated individuals in meditation, contemplating nothingness. This book presents the 'other side of Zen', by examining the movement's growth during the Tokugawa period (1600-1867) in Japan and by shedding light on the Japanese religious landscape during the era.