In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance.
This qualitative research is an attempt to examine the psychological connection to the central Buddhist teaching Dependent Origination through a deepened investigation into its psychological and practical aspects. This study further delves into the psychoanalysis of the third link, consciousness, revealing its active function that is related to almost all constituents of the law of causation, along with an evolving psychoanalysis of all mental phenomena.
Four hundred million people call themselves Buddhists today. Yet most Westerners know little about this powerful, Eastern-spawned faith. How did it begin? What do its adherents believe? Why are so many Westerners drawn to it?
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.
Sangharakshita has laid out in a clear, lucid style the essence of the Buddha's Eighfold Noble Path in terms accessible to a western reader.
Presentation of one of the formulations of the Buddha's teaching, which covers every aspect of life.
The notion of 'view' or 'opinion' (ditthi) as an obstacle to 'seeing things as they are' is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views are usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition understanding) or is the aim of the Buddhist path the overcoming of all views, even right-view (the no-views understanding)? The author argues that neither approach is correct.
Buddha was a revolutionary. His practice was subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened point of view went against the norms of his day—in his words, "against the stream." His teachings changed the world, and now they can change you too.
As is well known, in the course of doctrinal consolidation, Indian Buddhist thinkers, or at any rate non-Tantric Indian Buddhist thinkers, in contrast to the Jains and a strong current of Hindu thought,l came to regard plants (and seeds) as insentient beings, not participating in the process of reiterated individual rebirth . This does not necessarily exclude that plants are somehow recognized as living things in the context of everyday conceptions.
Today, many in western society find themselves seeking more satisfying spiritual lives. Faiths formerly seen as exotic have suddenly become attractive alternatives in our multicultural society. This is especially true of Buddhism, which is the focus of constant media attention, thanks in part to celebrity converts, major motion pictures, and the popularity of the Dalai Lama. Following this recent trend, James Coleman argues that a new and radically different form of this ancient faith is emerging.
The aim of this study is to investigate the meaning of mysticism in Indi an Buddhism. This task is accomplished through a religion-phenomeno logical analysis trying to relate the ideas expressed in Buddhist texts to certain human ways of experiencing one's being-in-the-world. Underlying this approach is a view of religious texts as "tracks" of various kinds of human experiences, mystical and otherwise.
Gary Gach is like that teacher you always wanted--easygoing, full of information, able to communicate in humorous and meaningful ways, and a little bit wacky. So he's the perfect author for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism. In this trademark easy-to-read format, Gach introduces us to a very human Buddha, along with the rules for living that make a Buddhist a Buddhist. In addition to the various kinds of meditation, he shows us how to meditate at meals and be aware of the interconnections in life.
Theravada Buddhism is practiced in Sri Lanka and throughout most of Southeast Asia. Introduced in the work in accessible language suitable to the undergraduate or gender reader. It surveys Theravadas basic teachings and contemporary practice in its traditional settings in South and Southeast Asia and discusses the current state of Theravada throughout the world.
Mr. Dutt's work is a compendium where all information connected with the progress of Buddha's work is available in a well-ordered form. Such a work, the details of which have been laboriously collected from the Buddhist scriptures and arranged in such a way as to enable one to see the large masses of details about Buddha's career in their logical and chronological relations, has certainly a great value not only for scholars but for ordinary readers interested in the history of the spread of Buddhism. This generally is the matter that forms the first part of this treatise.
What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment. David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals--the high-level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, the great vacations--but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist center. There he began the most important journey of his life. In this simple but beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
A dictionary and a glossary of terms plus brief biographies of eminent Buddhists and scholars from both East and West.
THIS work is presented as a Popular Buddhist Dictionary. As such it is a compromise
between a true Dictionary, which is largely concerned with derivations and synonyms,
and an Encyclopaedia, which sets out a few terms at considerable length.
This much-anticipated volume contains a full translation from the Pali of the Anguttara Nikaya, the fourth collection of the canonical discourses of the Buddha. The primary focus of the Anguttara Nikaya is practice, which it treats from a wide-angle perspective, advancing from basic ethical observances, through the pillars of mind training, to the highest meditative attainments. The Anguttara is also distinguished among the Nikayas by its interest in types of persons, which it describes in detail and with memorable similes.
Chapter I. The Indian Background
II. Pre-Buddhist Ceylon I: Social Conditions
III. Pre-Buddhist Ceylon II: Religious Conditions
IV. The Establishment of Buddhism
V. Buddhism as State Religion
VI. Years of Development – I
VII. Years of Development – II
VIII. The Monastery I: Its Structure
IX. The Monastery II: Its Administration
X. The Monastic Life I: Its Developments
XI. The Monastic Life II: Its Activities
XII. The Monastic Life III: Its Ascetic Ideal
XIII. Arahants in Ceylon