9780451627117

Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha

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  • ISBN13:

    9780451627117

  • ISBN10:

    0451627113

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1955-05-01
  • Publisher: SIGNET BOOK

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Summary

With its origins in ancient India, Buddhism is a system of thought that has enriched the religious lives of billions -- and in more recent times, swept through the Western world as well. Now anyone who wants to learn more about Buddhism can go directly to the source, with this collection of original documents -- edited, with commentary, by a Cornell University professor of philosophy.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
General Introduction 11(16)
Book One: The Early Scriptures of Buddhism 27(1)
Part I. Some Basic Doctrines of the Buddha 27(23)
The Sermon at Benares
29(3)
Questions Not Tending to Edification
32(4)
Truth Is Above Sectarian Dogmatism
36(3)
How Buddha Met a Schism Among His Disciples
39(4)
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
43(3)
Universal Love and Good Will
46(1)
Buddha's Farewell Address
47(3)
Part II. Treading the Path to Nirvana 50(33)
The Way of Truth
51(22)
Songs of the Wayfarers
73(10)
Part III. The Spirit of Theravada Buddhism 83(40)
The Zenaka Story of Buddha's Birth and Early Life
87(9)
The Fire Sermon
96(2)
On Health of Mind
98(2)
What Is Gained by Abandoning the World and Becoming a Monk?
100(8)
The Duties of the Theravada Layman
108(3)
What Is Nirvana? (Theravada View)
111(4)
The Nirvana of the Buddha
115(3)
Crossing the Ford
118(2)
Is the Buddha Equally Compassionate Toward All?
120(2)
Is Adopting the Way of the Monk a Selfish Act?
122(1)
Book Two: Buddhist Thought Thought Later Centuries 123(1)
Part IV. The Mahayana Religious Ideal 123(43)
Hymn to the Buddha of Infinite Compassion and Wisdom
128(2)
The Bodhisattva's Vow of Universal Redemption
130(4)
The Path of Light and Love
134(7)
Famous Mahayana Parables
141(16)
The Eternal Buddha of Countless Worlds
157(4)
What Is Nirvana? (Mahayana View)
161(5)
Part V. Some Mahayana Philosophies 166(38)
Nagarjuna's Analysis of Causality and Nirvana
170(5)
Vasubandhu's Argument for Subjective Idealism
175(6)
Ultimate Reality Is Absolute Mind
181(13)
Ultimate Reality Transcends What Can Be Expressed in Words
194(10)
Part VI. Devotional and Intuitional Buddhism in China and Japan 204(36)
The Pure Land of Amitabha
207(4)
The White Lotus Ode
211(2)
Honen's Letter and Poems
213(5)
Shinran's Songs to Amida
218(5)
The Bodhisattva Who Saves Even from the Depths of Hell
223(3)
Tao Sheng on Nirvana and the Buddha's Way
226(1)
Seng Ts'an's Poem on Trust in the Heart
227(3)
Shen Hui's Sermon on Sudden Awakening
230(7)
A Zen ``Koan,''
237(1)
The Mahayana Layman's Ideal
237(3)
Epilogue: Buddha's Pity 240(2)
Bibliography 242(2)
Glossary 244

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