History

Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis

Author: 
David J. Kalupahana

This introduction to Buddhism examines its basic philosophical teachings and historical development, setting forth complex and significant ideas in a straightforward and simple style that is easily accessible to the student. The author's orientation is philosophical, rather than religious or sociological. This approach is both the uniqueness and the strength of the work.

In Defense of Dharma

Author: 
Tessa J. Bartholomeusz

In Defence of DharmaThis is the first book to examine war and violence in Sri Lanka through the lens of cross-cultural studies on just-war tradition and theory. In a study that is textual, historical and anthropological, it is argued that the ongoing Sinhala-Tamil conflict is in actual practice often justified by a resort to religious stories that allow for war when Buddhism is in peril.

Locations of Buddhism:

Author: 
Anne M. Blackburn

Locations of BuddhismModernizing and colonizing forces brought nineteenth-century Sri Lankan Buddhists both challenges and opportunities. How did Buddhists deal with social and economic change; new forms of political, religious, and educational discourse; and Christianity? And how did Sri Lankan Buddhists, collaborating with other Asian Buddhists, respond to colonial rule? To answer these questions, Anne M.

The Silk Road in World History

Author: 
Xinru Liu

The Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflicts of these two distinctive societies.

The Journey of Maps and Images on the Silk Road

Author: 
Philippe Foret (Editor), Andreas Kaplony (Editor)

This book covers new ground on the diffusion and transmission of geographical knowledge that occurred at critical junctures in the long history of the Silk Road. Much of twentieth-century scholarship on the Silk Road examined the ancient archaeological objects and medieval historical records found within each cultural area, while the consequences of long-distance interaction across Eurasia remained poorly studied. Here ample attention is given to the journeys that notions and objects undertook to transmit spatial values to other civilizations.

Religions of the Silk Road:

Author: 
Richard Foltz

Drawing on the latest research and scholarship, this newly revised and updated edition of Religions of the Silk Road explores the majestically fabled cities and exotic peoples that make up the romantic notions of the colonial era while examining how cultural traditions also travelled to the people encounted on the Silk Road.

A Popular Dictionary of Buddhism

Author: 
CHRISTMAS HUMPHREYS

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.

2500 Years of Buddhism

Author: 
G. P. Malalasekera

Any account of the origin and spread of Buddhism however brief it is, must inevitably cover vast expanses both of time and of space. It is full of fascination, even of romance, for it is the story of a movement which had very small beginnings and grew to encompass the wide world in its Scope, influencing the lives of one fifth of the whole human race. The range of Buddhism is enormous; in time it covers two thousand five hundred years. Its range of subject is no less vast; it can rightly claim to be the most comprehensive and profound system of spiritual achievement known to history.

Zen Buddhism: A History

Author: 
Heinrich Dumoulin

This volume represents a newly revised and greatly expanded edition of Heinrich Dumoulin's acclaimed history of Zen Buddhism which was first published over 30 years ago. It has been updated to take into account the wealth of historical research that has gone on in the intervening years, insuring its place as a standard reference work in the field. This volume treats Zen from its roots in ancient Indian Buddhism and Yoga to its flowering in China under the influence of Taoism and Confucian thought.

The Prince and Monk

Author: 
Kenneth Doo Lee
The Prince and the Monk addresses the historical development of the political and religious myths surrounding Shotoku Taishi and their influence on Shinran, the founder of the Jodo-Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism. Shotoku Taishi (574-622) was a prince who led the campaign to unify Japan, wrote the imperial constitution, and promoted Buddhism as a religion of peace and prosperity. Shinran's Buddhism developed centuries later during the Kamakura period, which began in the late twelfth century.

The Lotus Unleashed

Author: 
Robert J. Topmiller
During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese Buddhist peace activists made extraordinary sacrifices - including self-immolation - to try to end the fighting. They hoped to establish a neutralist government that would broker peace with the Communists and expel the Americans. Robert J. Topmiller explores South Vietnamese attitudes toward the war, the insurgency, and U.S. intervention, and lays bare the dissension within the U.S. military. The Lotus Unleashed is one of the few studies to illuminate the impact of internal Vietnamese politics on U.S.

The Life of Buddhism

Author: 
Miscellaneous
Bringing together fifteen essays by outstanding Buddhist scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America, this book offers a distinctive portrayal of the "life of Buddhism." The contributors focus on a number of religious practices across the Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to New York, Japan to Tibet. The essays highlight not so much Buddhist doctrine or sacred texts, but rather the actual behavior and lived experience of Buddhist adherents. A general introduction by Frank E. Reynolds and Jason A.

The History of Tibet (Volume 3)

Author: 
Alexander McKay

This major work provides a virtually complete resource base for the academic study of Tibetan social, political, and religious history, including the development of our understanding of the reality behind the colourful images of Tibet as 'Shangri-La'. This work will thus be of particular interest to libraries, and to lecturers, students and enthusiasts seeking to understand the development of the unique culture of this remarkable land.

The History of Tibet (Volume 2)

Author: 
Alexander McKay

This major work provides a virtually complete resource base for the academic study of Tibetan social, political, and religious history, including the development of our understanding of the reality behind the colourful images of Tibet as 'Shangri-La'. This work will thus be of particular interest to libraries, and to lecturers, students and enthusiasts seeking to understand the development of the unique culture of this remarkable land.

The History of Tibet (Volume 1)

Author: 
Alexander McKay

This major work provides a virtually complete resource base for the academic study of Tibetan social, political, and religious history, including the development of our understanding of the reality behind the colourful images of Tibet as 'Shangri-La'. This work will thus be of particular interest to libraries, and to lecturers, students and enthusiasts seeking to understand the development of the unique culture of this remarkable land.

The Different Paths of Buddhism

Author: 
Carl Olson
This is an introductory text on the development of Buddhism, from the life of the historical Buddha to the present day. It introduces the main branches of Buddhism and explores its geographical spread, philosophy, ethical and political implications, and contemporary reinterpretations, as well as focusing on the role of women in the tradition.

Outlines of Buddhism

Author: 
Mrs. Rhys Davids
The elapse of twenty-five centuries, with all its upheavals, has not abated the appeal of Buddhism. It has almost faded from the land of its birth. It has, because of oral transmission, passage of time, different people, skies, editors, translators and languages, changed beyond recognition. Despite these, today nearly a third of the human race are professed Buddhists. Mrs.

A History of Indian Buddhism

Author: 
Hirakawa Akira

This comprehensive and detailed survey of the first six centuries of Indian Buddhism sums up the results of a lifetime of research and reflection by one of Japan's most renowned scholars of Buddhism. Relying on Pali and Sanskrit sources and on inscriptions from archaeological sites and Chinese translations of Indian texts, Hirakawa balances his review of early Buddhist doctrinal development with extensive discussion of historical background and the evolution of Buddhist institutions.

Buddhism

Author: 
Edward Conze
In this authoritative guide, one of the world's most distinguished scholars of Buddhism provides a compact summary of the tradition's development, from the time of the Buddha to the 20th century exile of the Dalai Lama. Covering all the Buddhist schools from Mahayana to Zen, this comprehensive, concise study is widely acknowledged as the classic introduction to the history of the Buddhist tradition, perfect for students and interested readers alike.

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