The Experience of Buddhism Sources and Interpretations

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-27
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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Part of the "Religious Life in History Series," this comprehensive anthology provides translations of texts illustrative of Buddhist philosophy and doctrine as well as descriptive, concrete accounts of Buddhist practices, rituals, and experiences. Author John Strong gives careful consideration to many key aspects of the religion in a wide range of geographic and cultural arenas, from Asia to the United States, and gives students a sense of Buddhism's historical evolution in each area. In addition, this new edition of THE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISM uniquely offers students a list of pertinent bibliographic suggestions after each reading, giving them the opportunity to both enhance their understanding of the material and streamline their research and paper-writing process.

Table of Contents

The Life Story of the Buddha and Its Ramifications
The Eight Commemorative Shrines
A Royal Pilgrim Retraces the Life of the Buddha
┐nanda Recounts the Birth of The Buddha
Signs of Suffering
The Great Departure: Two Versions
Awakening Achieved
Remembering Past Lives
Viewing the Cosmos
Realizing the Four Noble Truths
The Death and Parinirv┐na of The Buddha
The Distribution of the Relics
A Story of a Buddha Image
The Future Buddha Maitreya
The Experience of the Sangha
Tales of Conversion
Rites of Passage
The Regulation of the Sangha
Sangha Situations
Buddhism and the State: The King and the Community
The Dharma: Some Perspectives of Mainstream Buddhism
Preliminaries: The Loss and Preservation of the Dharma
Suffering, Impermanence, and No-Self
The Arising of Suffering
The Cessation of Suffering
The Path
Doctrinal Issues
The Dharma: Some Mahayana Perspectives
Preliminary: The Parable of the Burning House
Basic Perspectives: The Perfection of Wisdom
Philosophical Formulations
The Bodhisattva Path
Saviors and Siddhas: The Mahayana Pantheon and Tantric Buddhism
The Life Span of the Tathagata
Savior Bodhisattvas
Savior Texts
Savior Buddhas and Pure Lands
Tantric Buddhism or the Vajrayana
The Development of Buddhism Outside India
Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia
Mythic Histories
Divisional Issues
Regulation and Reform: The Efforts of King Parakramabahu
Rituals and Festivals
Meditational Endeavors: Visualizing the Victor's Cage
Women and the Sangha: A Twentieth-Century Case
Sangha and Society
Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: The Tibetan Cultural Area
Mythic History: Subduing the Demons of Tibet
Divisional Issues: Sudden versus Gradual Enlightenment
Regulation and Reform: The Efforts of At<$$$>a
Rituals and Festivals
Meditational Endeavors: Milarepa's Quest
Women and the Sangha: The Abbess of Samding and Ani Lochen
Sangha and Society
Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: China
Mythic History: Chinese and Japanese Legends
Divisional Issues: Do All Being Have the Buddha-Nature?
Regulation and Reform: An Apocryphal Monastic Code
Rituals and Festivals: Ordination at Pao-hua Shan
Meditational Endeavors
Women and the Sangha
Sangha and Society: The Commercialization of Services
Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: Japan
Mythic History: The Legend of Prince Shotoku
Divisional Issues: The Recitation of Amida's Name?
Once or Many Times?
Regulation and Reform: Saicho's Deathbed Admonitions
Rituals and Festivals: Rites in Tenth-Century Japan
Meditational Endeavors
Women and the Sangha: Nichiren on Chanting and Menstruation
Sangha and Society
Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: The West
Mythic Histories: Smokey the Bear S┐tra
Divisional Issues: The Veneration of Relics
Regulation and Reform: Toward an Androgynous Reconstruction of Buddhism
Rituals and Festivals: The Buddha's Birthday in Los Angeles
Meditational Endeavors
Women and the Sangha: Living as a Nun in the West
Sangha and Society: Engaged Buddhists in California
A Guide to the Transliteration and Pronunciation of Buddhist Terms
Bibliography of Works Cited
Subject Index
Text and Author Index
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