9780195139518

Buddhism Introducing the Buddhist Experience

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    9780195139518

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    0195139518

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-11-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience focuses on the depth of Buddhist experience as expressed in the teachings and practices of a wide array of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a broad and inclusive approach, this unique work spans over 2,500 years, featuring chapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Therav=ada and Mahayana Buddhism; and Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. It also includes an extensive discussion of modern, socially engaged Buddhism and a concluding chapter on the spread of Buddhism to the West. Mitchell provides substantial selections of primary text material throughout that illustrate a great variety of moral, psychological, meditative, and spiritual Buddhist experiences. Buddhism features twenty-two boxed personal narratives provided by respected Buddhist leaders and scholars from around the world, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharma Master Sheng Yen, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Jeffrey Hopkins, Sulak Sivaraksa, Rita M. Gross, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, and Robert Aitken. These concise and intriguing essays give students a glimpse into what the topics discussed in the book actually mean in terms of human experience today. Ideal for courses in Buddhism, Asian religions, and Asian philosophy, Buddhism also incorporates helpful maps, numerous illustrations, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

Boxes, Figures, and Maps xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Pronunciation Guide xv
Introduction 1(8)
The Life of Gautama Buddha
9(24)
The Early Life of Siddhartha Gautama
11(1)
Birth
11(1)
Youth
12(2)
The Four Sights
14(1)
The Great Renunciation
15(1)
Spiritual Teachers
16(1)
Asceticism
16(2)
The Awakening of the Buddha
18(1)
Enlightenment
18(1)
Nirvana
19(1)
The Mission of the Buddha
20(1)
The Three Refuges
21(1)
Important Conversions
21(3)
Monasticism
24(1)
Social Concern
25(2)
Women's Ordination
27(1)
The Rebellion of Devadatta
28(1)
The Last Days of Gautama Buddha
29(4)
The Teachings of the Buddha
33(31)
The Three Characteristics
34(1)
Impermanence
34(2)
Dissatisfactoriness
36(1)
No-Self
37(1)
The Five Aggregates
38(1)
Dependent Arising
39(3)
Karma and Rebirth
42(3)
The Four Noble Truths
45(1)
The Middle Way
46(1)
The First Noble Truth: Life Is Duhkha
47(1)
The Second Noble Truth: The Cause of Duhkha
48(1)
The Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of Duhkha
49(1)
The Fourth Noble Truth: The Eightfold Path to the Cessation of Duhkha
50(1)
Awakening
51(1)
The Eightfold Path
52(1)
Right Understanding
53(1)
Right Thought
53(1)
Right Speech
54(1)
Right Action
54(1)
Right Livelihood
55(1)
Right Effort
55(1)
Right Mindfulness
56(1)
Right Concentration
57(3)
Nirvana
60(4)
The Way of the Elders
64(28)
The Three Baskets
64(1)
The Sutra Pitaka
65(1)
The Vinaya Pitaka
65(2)
The Abhidharma Pitaka
67(1)
The Second and Third Councils
68(1)
King Asoka
69(4)
Theravada's Path of Purification
73(2)
Morality
75(3)
Concentration
78(6)
Wisdom
84(4)
Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia
88(1)
Sri Lanka
88(2)
Southeast Asia
90(2)
Theravada Monastic and Lay Experience
92(34)
The Great Vehicle
96(3)
The Mahayana Sutras
99(1)
The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras
99(3)
The Vimalakirti Sutra
102(2)
The Lankavatara Sutra
104(2)
The Lotus Sutra
106(2)
Land of Bliss Sutras
108(4)
The Great Journey of the Bodhisattva
112(1)
The Six Perfections
113(2)
The Ten Stages
115(7)
Celestial Bodhisattvas and Buddhas
122(1)
Celestial Bodhisattvas
122(1)
The Three Bodies of the Buddha
123(3)
The Indian Experience of Buddhism
126(25)
The Abhidharma Schools
126(4)
The Mahayana Schools
130(1)
The Madhyamika School
131(8)
The Tathagata-garbha Literature
139(1)
The Yogacara School
140(5)
Logic, Tantra, and the Extinction of Buddhism in India
145(6)
The Tibetan Experience of Buddhism
151(27)
The First Dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet
151(2)
The Second Dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet
153(5)
The Geluk School and the Dalai Lama
158(2)
The Tantric Experience
160(2)
Preliminary Practices
162(2)
Mandalas, Mantras, and Mudras
164(2)
Deity Yoga
166(1)
Four Types of Tantric Practice
167(1)
Schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Distinctive Practices
168(1)
The Nyingma School
168(1)
The Sakya School
169(1)
The Kagyu School
170(1)
The Geluk School
170(3)
Recent Events in Tibet
173(5)
The Chinese Experience of Buddhism
178(40)
Translation and Inculturation
180(1)
New Translations and Scholarship
181(2)
Persecution and Reform
183(2)
The Chinese Schools I: Laying the Foundation of the Chinese Experience
185(1)
The Chu-she School
185(1)
The Ch'eng-shih School
185(1)
The Lu School
186(1)
The Chen-yen School
186(1)
The San-lun School
187(1)
The Fa-hsiang School
188(2)
The Chinese Schools II: Defining the Chinese Experience
190(1)
The T'ien-t' ai School
190(4)
The Hua-yen School
194(6)
The Ch'an School
200(6)
The Ching-t'u School
206(5)
Persecution and Decline
211(2)
Later Developments
213(5)
The Korean Experience of Buddhism
218(23)
The Advent of Buddhism during the Three Kingdoms Period
218(3)
Buddhism during the Unified Silla Dynasty: Innovation and Scholarship
221(1)
Uisang
221(1)
Wonhyo
222(2)
The Five Buddhist Schools
224(4)
Buddhism during the Koryo Dynasty: Searching for Unity
228(1)
Uich on
228(1)
Chinul
229(5)
The Korean Tripitaka
234(1)
Repression during the Choson Dynasty
235(2)
The Japanese Occupation and Recent Developments
237(4)
The Japanese Experience of Buddhism
241(42)
Prince Shotoku
242(1)
The Nara Period (710-784): The Six Schools
243(1)
The Kusha School
243(1)
The Jojitsu School
244(1)
The Ritsu School
244(1)
The Sanron School
245(1)
The Hosso School
246(1)
The Kegon School
246(1)
The Heian Period (794-1185): The Tendai and Shingon Schools
247(1)
The Tendai School
248(2)
The Shingon School
250(4)
The Kamakura Period (1185-1333): Pure Land, Zen, and Nichiren
254(1)
Pure Land Buddhism
254(8)
Zen Buddhism
262(5)
Nichiren Buddhism
267(5)
The Muromachi Period (1338-1573): Zen and Japanese Culture
272(3)
The Tokugawa Period (1603-1868): Struggle and Reform
275(4)
The Meiji Period (1868-1912) and Recent Developments
279(4)
Modern Buddhism in Asia
283(33)
New Buddhist Movements in Asia
283(1)
India
284(2)
Sri Lanka
286(2)
Thailand
288(3)
Cambodia
291(2)
Vietnam
293(3)
Tibet
296(2)
China
298(5)
Korea
303(2)
Japan
305(5)
Women's Experience of Buddhism in Modern Asia
310(6)
Buddhism in The West
316(34)
Major Buddhist Traditions in the West
319(1)
Theravada Buddhism
319(2)
Vietnamese Buddhism
321(1)
Tibetan Buddhism
322(3)
Chinese Buddhism
325(1)
Korean Buddhism
326(2)
Japanese Buddhism
328(6)
The Experience of Buddhism in the United States
334(1)
Ethnicity, Identity, and Practice
335(3)
Authority and Gender Issues
338(1)
Buddhist Ecumenism
339(2)
Interfaith Dialogue
341(2)
Social Engagement
343(7)
Glossary of Technical Terms 350(11)
Index 361

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