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ix, 139 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • List of figures. Preface. Introduction. 1. Spread of Buddhism: Regional Patterns 2. The Written Word: Language and Identity 3. Travelling Relics: Spreading the Word of the Buddha 4. Religious Travel and Rituals 5. The shifting equations: Buddhism in a Multi-Religious Milieu. References. Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138304895 20171201
This book traces the archaeological trajectory of the expansion of Buddhism and its regional variations in South Asia. Focusing on the multi-religious context of the subcontinent in the first millennium BCE, the volume breaks from conventional studies that pose Buddhism as a counter to the Vedic tradition to understanding the religion more integrally in terms of dhamma (teachings of the Buddha), dana (practice of cultivating generosity) and the engagement with the written word. The work underlines that relic and image worship were important features in the spread of Buddhism in the region and were instrumental in bringing the monastics and the laity together. Further, the author examines the significance of the histories of monastic complexes (viharas, stupas, caityas) as also religious travel and pilgrimage that provided connections across the subcontinent and the seas. An interdisciplinary study, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars in South Asian studies, religion, especially Buddhist studies, history and archaeology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138304895 20171201
Green Library
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xlviii, 336 pages ; 23 cm
  • Acknowledgements. Prologue: Buddhism, World Religion: An Introductory Essay by T. N. Madan. Introduction Tellers of Stories, Writers of Histories: Essays on the Buddhist Past PART 1. 1. The Death of the Buddha: A Restorative Interpretation 2. The Demoness Kali and the Lord Buddha: A Parable for Our Times 3. Dutthagamani (Dutthagamani): The Buddhist Conscience of a Warrior King 4. Sigiriya Narratives: Tellers of Stories, Writers of Histories PART 2. 5. Depression, Buddhism and the Work of Culture 6. Deep Motivation and the Work of Culture in Christian Penitential Ecstasy 7. The Goddess Pattini and the Parable on Justice 8. Buddhism and the Idea of the Self: A Critique of Ethnography PART 3. 9. Colonel Olcott: Buddhist Modernism in the Theosophical Movement 10. Personal Identity and Cultural Crisis: The Buddhist Reforms of Anagarika Dharmapala. Epilogue: The Buddha in the Market Place and the Movement of Edifices. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138713628 20180213
Gananath Obeyesekere is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, USA where he has taught for 20 years. His recent publications include The Awakened Ones: An Essay on the Phenomenology of the Visionary Experience (2012); Cannibal Talk: The Man-eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas (2005); and Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist, and Greek Rebirth and Karma and Rebirth: A Cross-Cultural Study (2002/2006). Several of his books have been translated into Japanese, Polish and Turkish, and his essays have appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138713628 20180213
Green Library
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xvii, 191 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Chapter 1: The Buddhist philosophy of language in India: an overview-- Viktoria Lysenko.- Chapter 2: The Finger and the Moon: Language, Reality and Interpretation in Zen Buddhism-- Duane Williams.- Chapter 3: Semiotics as Soteriology: A Different Look at Medieval Japanese Buddhism-- Fabio Rambelli.- Chapter 4: Object-hood and Objectification in Buddhist Philosophy: Origin and Obstacle of Language-- Jiajuang Xiong.- Chapter 5: Authenticating the Tradition through Linguistic Arguments-- Vesna A. Wallace.- Chapter 6: Buddhism and Chinese Linguistics: Barbara Meisterernst.- Chapter 7: Tantric Epistemology and the Problem of Ineffability in The Seven Siddhi Texts-- Adam Krug.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319674124 20180122
This edited collection brings linguistics into contact with a millennia of works by Buddhist scholars. Examining the Buddhist contemplative tradition and its extensive writings from an interdisciplinary perspective, the authors bridge the gap between such customs and human language. To do so, they provide chapters on linguistics, history, religious studies, philosophy and semiotics. Uniting scholars from three different continents and from many disciplines and institutions, this innovative and unique book is sure to appeal to anyone interested in Buddhist traditions and linguistics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319674124 20180122
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272 pages ; 24 cm
  • Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Burma: The Education of the Sangha under Strong Monarchs - Thalun (1629-1648) of the Ava Period and Bodawpaya (1782-1819) of the Kon-Baung Period 3. Burma: A Threatened Buddhist Kingdom and a Nationalist Sangha -Mindon (1853-1878) 4. Siam: Political Instability and the Sangha 5. Siam: The Standardisation of Monastic Education, and National 6. Integration, under Chulalongkorn (1868-1910) 6. Idealism and Pragmatism: Dilemmas in the Current Monastic 8. Education Systems of Burma and Thailand Historical Summary Afterword Sources: Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D Selected Bibliography Notes Glossary Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781350054240 20180226
Drawing on primary sources in Pali, Burmese and Thai, practising monk Venerable Khammai Dhammasami guides the reader through the complex history of monastic education in two neighbouring countries with very different Buddhist societies: Burma and Thailand. This book provides a clear account of the ways in which royal leaders and monastic institutions worked to develop monastic education in the face of changing political and economic conditions, including colonialism and the political instability of the 19th and 20th centuries. It studies influences from both British colonists and Siamese/Thai reformers, and engages with primary material, including documents from Burmese monasteries, royal orders, royal chronicles, and official government records. As the first book to examine monastic education in Burma and Thailand, this is a welcome contribution to the social, monastic and religious history of Southeast Asia, and the growing field of Burmese Buddhist Studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781350054240 20180226
Green Library
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ix, 175 pages ; 25 cm
  • Unit One: The Heart Sutra (å¿ ç¶ ) Unit Two: The Agamas (é ¿å «ç¶ ) Unit Three: The Diamond Sutra (é å ç¶ ) Unit Four: The Lotus Sutra (å¦ æ³ è ®è ¯ç¶ ) Unit Five: The Sutra on the Ten Wholesome Ways of Action (å å 業é ç¶ ) Unit Six: Biographies of Eminent Monks (é« å §å ³) Unit Seven: The Essentials for Practicing Calming-and-Insight and Chan Meditation (ä¿®ç¿ æ­¢è§ å ç¦ªæ³ è¦ ) Unit Eight: The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (å ­ç¥ å£ ç¶ ) Unit Nine: The Song of Enlightenment (è­ é æ­ ) Unit Ten: The Blue Cliff Record (ç¢§å· é ) Unit Eleven: Yuan Liao Fan's Four Lessons (äº å ¡å è¨ ) Unit Twelve: Zhugui's Commentary on the Heart Sutra (æ ±å ­: å¿ ç¶ æ³¨è§£) ã .
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138953338 20180416
  • The Heart Sutra (心經)
  • The Agamas (阿含經)
  • The Diamond Sutra (金剛經)
  • The Lotus Sutra (妙法蓮華經)
  • The Sutra on the Ten Wholesome Ways of Action (十善業道經)
  • Biographies of Eminent Monks (高僧傳)
  • The Essentials for Practicing Calming-and-Insight and Chan Meditation (修習止觀坐禪法要)
  • The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (六祖壇經)
  • The Song of Enlightenment (證道歌)
  • The Blue Cliff Record (碧巖錄)
  • Yuan Liao Fan's Four Lessons (了凡四訓)
  • Zhugui's Commentary on the Heart Sutra (朱圭: 心經注解)
  • Appendix One: Word Class Categories
  • Appendix Two: Vocabulary Index
  • Appendix Three: Texts in Simplified Characters.
The influence of Buddhism on the Chinese language, on Chinese literature and on Chinese culture in general cannot be overstated, and the language of most Chinese Buddhist texts differs considerably from both Classical and Modern Chinese. This reader aims to help students develop familiarity with features of Buddhist texts in Chinese, including patterns of organization, grammatical features and specialized vocabulary. It also aims to familiarize students with the use of a range of resources necessary for becoming independent readers of such texts. Chinese Buddhist Texts is suitable for students who have completed the equivalent of at least one year's college level study of Modern Chinese and are familiar with roughly one thousand of the commonest Chinese characters. Previous study of Classical Chinese would be an advantage, but is not assumed. It is an ideal textbook for students taking relevant courses in Chinese studies programs and in Buddhist studies programs. However, it is also possible for a student to work through the reader on his or her own. Further online resources are available at: lockgraham.com.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138953338 20180416
Green Library
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3 volumes (vii, 2256 pages) ; 23 cm.
The Mo-ho chih-kuan (Great cessation-and-contemplation) by T'ien-t'ai Chih-i (538-597) is among the most influential treatises in the long history of Buddhist scholarship. It is known for its brilliant insights and its systematic and comprehensive treatment of the Buddhist tradition. Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight is the first complete, fully annotated translation of this prodigious work by one of today's foremost scholars on T'ien-t'ai (Tendai) Buddhism.The extensive annotation accompanying the translation (Volumes 1 and 2) will help readers understand the original text and implications of crucial passages and ideas, as well as the place the Mo-ho chih-kuan occupies in the development of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese Buddhism and its critical importance for figures such as Nichiren, who considered Chih-i the "great master" and quoted profusely from the text in his own writings. Volume 3 contains ample supplementary materials, including translations of related texts, a comprehensive glossary, and lists of Chinese terms and explanations of various sources.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824873776 20180129
Green Library
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xiv, 217 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction / Mario Poceski
  • Traces of the Sanjie (Three Levels) Movement at Baoshan / Wendi Adamek
  • Reconstruction of the Life of a Sixth-Century Monk Misidentified as a Disciple of the Second Chan Patriarch Huike / Jinhua Chen
  • Killing Cats and Other Imaginary Happenings: Milieus and Features of Chan Exegesis / Mario Poceski
  • Identity in a Diagram: Authenticity, Transmission, and Lineage in the Chan/Zen Tradition / Steffen Döll
  • Mapping New Systems of Community Networks: Discursive Identity, Cross-Strait Lineage Construction, and Funerary Sacred Space in Taiwanese Buddhism / Stefania Travagnin.
""The five studies in this volume show unprecedented efforts by each individual contributor to engage in micro-historical research on categories and themes such as lineage, hagiography, and sacred texts in different historical contexts". (Jiang Wu, University of Arizona). "Communities of Memory and Interpretation is a fascinating collection of wellresearched essays that all feature important methodological reflections in addition to detailed and insightful textual analysis or fieldwork scholarship. The volume consistently highlights the theme of how the respective traditions developed a sense of legitimacy and legacy based on canonicity and the various repetitions and reversals of at times disturbing or perplexing paradigms and exegetical strategies to establish and maintain lineal identity and authority." (Steven Heine, Florida International University)"--Page 4 of cover.
Green Library
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xv, 289 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
  • AcknowledgmentsNote on Transliteration and TranslationMap of TibetIntroduction1. A Brief History of Vegetarianism in Tibet2. Meat in the Monastery3. The Importance of Compassion4. Tantric Perspectives5. A Necessary Evil6. A Positive Good7. Seeking a Middle WayEpilogue: Con temporary TibetTibetan Names and TermsNotesBibliographyIndex.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231179966 20171211
Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best, and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious lifestyle. Yet historically most Tibetans-both monastic and lay-have made meat a regular part of their diet. In this study of the place of vegetarianism within Tibetan religiosity, Geoffrey Barstow explores the tension between Buddhist ethics and Tibetan cultural norms to offer a novel perspective on the spiritual and social dimensions of meat eating. Food of Sinful Demons shows the centrality of vegetarianism to the cultural history of Tibet through specific ways in which nonreligious norms and ideals shaped religious beliefs and practices. Barstow offers a detailed analysis of the debates over meat eating and vegetarianism from the first references to such a diet in the tenth century through the Chinese invasion in the 1950s. He discusses elements of Tibetan Buddhist thought-including monastic vows, the Buddhist call to compassion, and tantric antinomianism-that see meat eating as morally problematic. He then looks beyond religious attitudes to the cultural, economic, and environmental factors that opposed the Buddhist critique of meat, including Tibetan concepts of medicine and health, food scarcity, the display of wealth, and idealized male gender roles. Barstow argues that the issue of meat eating was influenced by a complex interplay of factors, with religious perspectives largely supporting vegetarianism while practical concerns and secular ideals pulled in the other direction. He concludes by addressing the surge in vegetarianism in contemporary Tibet in light of evolving notions of Tibetan identity and resistance against the central Chinese state. The first book to discuss this complex issue, Food of Sinful Demons is essential reading for scholars interested in Tibetan religion, history, and culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231179966 20171211
Green Library
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xxii, 134 pages ; 22 cm
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xi, 226 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
  • Imperial replicas
  • Visions in translation
  • Emplaced lineage
  • Panoramic maps.
Green Library
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xii, 233 pages ; 23 cm
"Explore the seminal Platform Sutra, with one of the greatest living Zen masters as a guide. A lodestone of Zen Buddhism, the Platform Sutra presents the life, work, and wisdom of Eno, or Huineng, the fascinating and much-loved seventh-century Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Zen. An illiterate woodcutter who famously attained enlightenment after only hearing a single line of a sutra, and who went on to decisively upstage senior monks with a poem that demonstrated the depth and clarity of his insight, his example has demonstrated to generations of students and spiritual seekers worldwide that enlightenment is attainable regardless of education or social standing. His exhortations to directly perceive one's true nature, right here and now, still reverberate in contemporary Zen. There is no bodhi tree, Nor stand of a mirror bright. Since all is void, Where can the dust alight? Shodo Harada Roshi's fresh reading of the Platform Sutra offers both the history behind the work and the lived experience of its wisdom. In a plain-English, conversational voice, Shodo Harada brings the sutra to life for his students, discussing and explaining its central points chapter by chapter and illustrating it with his own beautiful calligraphy. This is far from a collection of dry lectures; it is an essential Buddhist text brought to life"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
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494 pages : illustrations (partly color) ; 25 cm
Reading Slowly' contains contributions from a variety of fields as diverse as Buddhist Studies, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Indology, East Asia Studies, Sinology, Classical Studies and Nordic Studies, all focused in some way on the importance of philological scholarship for understanding history, culture, religion, language and law. Although their objects of study, source language(s), media, focus and research questions are different, the essays in this volume are firmly bound together by the philological method ?in the broadest sense of the term ?and the scholarship of Jens E. Braarvig, whose vast scope of interest and knowledge is reflected in the breadth of this Festschrift.
Green Library
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xiv, 297 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Entering a landscape of mindfulness
  • Part I. Thailand
  • Monks' mindfulness
  • The feeling of mindfulness in meditation
  • Power and the ghostly politics of sanity in lay Thai life
  • Part II. Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka
  • Burma: a fine mist, or a cave in the woods
  • Sri Lanka: moral focus and a stalking cat
  • Conclusion: Asia and the United States.
"Explores the Buddhist concept of mindfulness and how it varies in the Buddhist cultures of three Southeast Asia cities in three countries: Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kandy, Sri Lanka; and Mandalay, Burma. The research is from the author's in-depth participant observation and fieldwork and includes the experiences of over 600 monks, psychiatrists, students, and villagers in monasteries, hospitals, and homes in these areas"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
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xviii, 323 pages : 75 illustrations ; 25 cm.
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xiii, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Green Library
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xi, 158 pages ; 23 cm
  • Anhang Dbus dang mtha' rnam par 'byed pa'i sgom rim snying po rab tu gsal ba / Roṅ-ston Śes-bya-kun-rig.
"A seminal commentary on one of the most important works of Mahayana Buddhism. The revelatory text Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes explains the vast paths of the three 'vehicles' or high-level schools of Buddhism, emphasizing the view of Yogacara and the distinctive features of the Mahayana. The author invites readers to explore the way things appear and the way things truly are. He guides his students toward a realization that goes completely beyond the dualistic grasp of ordinary consciousness. Yet at the same time, he avoids the pitfall of denying experience--an extreme negation that might otherwise mistakenly be derived from the teaching of emptiness. Through careful description and analysis of the fabric of the world and that which lies beyond it, Maitreya leads his students toward a pivotal conclusion: emptiness and experience are not in conflict, but rather, entail one another"-- Provided by publisher.
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x, 404 pages ; 24 cm
  • The many faces of Meiji Buddhist enlightenment
  • Unification and spiritual activism: Murakami and Manshi
  • Warp & Woof: the new Buddhist discovery of society
  • Zen & the art of treason: renegade priests of late Meiji
  • Anarcho-Buddhist utopia: Taisho Tolstoyans
  • Extremes meet: radical Buddhists of early Showa.
Against Harmony traces the history of progressive and radical experiments in Japanese Buddhist thought practice from the mid-Meiji period through the early Showa period. Perhaps the two best representations of progressive Buddhism during this time were the New Buddhist Fellowship (1899-1915) and the Youth League for Revitalizing Buddhism (1931-1936), both non-sectarian, lay movements well-versed in both classical Buddhist texts and Western philosophy and religion. Their work effectively collapsed commonly held distinctions between religion, philosophy, ethics, politics, and economics. Unlike many others of their day, they did not regard the novel forces of modernization as problematic and disruptive, but as opportunities. James Mark Shields examines the intellectual genealogy and alternative visions of progressive and radical Buddhism in the decades leading up to the Pacific War. Exposing the variety in the conceptions and manifestations of progress, reform, and modernity in this period, he outlines their important implications for postwar and contemporary Buddhism in Japan and elsewhere.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190664008 20170807
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xii, 334 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Anarchy in the Pure Land investigates the cult of Maitreya, the future Buddha, promoted by the Chinese Buddhist reform movement spearheaded by Taixu. The cult presents an apparent anomaly: It shows precisely the kind of concern for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that the reformers supposedly rejected in the name of "modernity." This book shows that, rather than a concession to tradition, the reimagining of ideas and practices associated with Maitreya was an important site for formulating a Buddhist vision of modernity. Justin Ritzinger argues that the cult of Maitreya represents an attempt to articulate a new constellation of values, integrating novel understandings of the good-clustered around modern visions of utopia-with the central Buddhist goal of Buddhahood. Part One traces the roots of this constellation to Taixu's youthful career as an anarchist. Part Two examines its articulation in the Maitreya School's theology and its social development from its inception to World War II. Part Three looks at its subsequent decline and contemporary legacy within and beyond orthodox Buddhism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190491161 20171227
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xix, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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ix, 3 unnumbered pages, 224 pages ; 22 cm
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