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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Green Library
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
Green Library
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
Green Library
ix, 3 unnumbered pages, 224 pages ; 22 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xxviii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been publicly teaching Buddhism for decades. This series collects his presentations of every step of the path to enlightenment, compiled and coauthored by one of his chief Western disciples, the American nun Thubten Chodron.The Buddha wanted his students to investigate, to see for themselves whether what he said were true. As a student of the Buddha, the Dalai Lama promotes the same spirit of investigation, and as the rich tradition of the Buddha makes its way into new lands and cultures, His Holiness has recognized that new approaches are needed to allow seekers in the West to experience the relevance of the liberating message in their own lives. Such an approach cannot assume listeners are free from doubt and already have faith in Buddhisms basic tenets. The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, therefore, starts from the universal human wish for happiness and presents the dynamic nature of the mind. This first volume also provides a wealth of reflections on Buddhist history and fundamentals, contemporary issues, and the Dalai Lamas own personal experiences. It stands alone as an introduction to Buddhism, but it also provides a foundation for the systematic illumination of the path in the volumes to come. The Library of Wisdom and Compassion collects the Dalai Lamas decades of presentations of every step of the path to enlightenment. It has been compiled and coauthored by one of his chief Western disciples, the American nun Thubten Chodron.
Green Library

12. The art of living [2017]

ix, 206 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library
lxvi, 146 pages : color illustrations ; 37 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xviii, 279 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm.
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Note on the text
  • Abbreviations
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • Introduction
  • Branches of the bKa'-brgyud-pa
  • The'Ba'-ra-ba bKa'-brgyud tradition
  • Core teachings
  • Connection with the Sa-skya-pa
  • State of research
  • The chapters
  • Sources
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba incarnation lineage
  • Life and works of rJe 'Ba'-ra-ba
  • Sources
  • Incarnation lineage and predecessors
  • Birth and family
  • Education
  • Monastic vows and his teacher Byang-chub bzang-po
  • rJe 'Ba'-ra-ba and his master Zur-phug-pa
  • Travels within Tibet and further studies
  • Establishment of practice places
  • Further studies under bSod-nams rgyal-mtshan and under the great Bu-ston Rin-chen grub
  • Difficult times in Tibet
  • rJe 'Ba'-ra-ba and his connection to Bhutan
  • Short journey to sPa-gro
  • Construction of different monasteries in Bhutan
  • His role as mediator
  • Journeys to different places in Tibet and Bhutan
  • Journey to Bhutan
  • Return to Tibet
  • Further journeys to Bhutan
  • Passing away
  • Qualities of rJe 'Ba'-ra-ba
  • Spiritual songs
  • Catalogues of the collected writings
  • Catalogue in gSer phreng/a
  • Catalogue in bKa 'bum
  • Nam-mkha' rgyal-mtshan
  • His lineage
  • Ordination and education
  • Journey to Bhutan
  • Collection of the 'Ba'-ra-ba teachings
  • Occurrences in Bhutan
  • Establishment of the hermitage Yang-dgon gyi sgrub-sde
  • Full ordination
  • Passing away
  • Collection of spiritual songs
  • Karma gSal-byed
  • Family and birth
  • Monastic vows and important teachers
  • Journey to the south
  • Political changes
  • Events during different retreats
  • Journeys to different places and passing away
  • Rin-chen bstan-pa'i gsal-byed
  • Former incarnations
  • Family lineage and early childhood
  • Confirmation of his reincarnation status
  • Monastic vows and studies
  • Spiritual experience
  • Virtuous deeds
  • Death of his root teacher and journey to Sikkim
  • Journey to different places in Tibet
  • Disciples and further spiritual experiences
  • Passing away
  • Further embodiments
  • The bKa'-brgyud sPrul-sku
  • Mahāsiddha dKon-mchog rgyal-mtshan
  • His lineage
  • Important teachers
  • Journeys to Bhutan
  • Journey to the hidden land of 'Bras-mo-ljongs
  • Construction of monasteries
  • Virtuous deeds
  • Passing away
  • bsTan-'dzin nyi-zla
  • Building work at Gro-mo
  • Affiliation with Sikkim
  • Passing away
  • Ngag-dbang chos-kyi rgya-mtsho
  • Family
  • Recognition of his incarnation status
  • His teachers
  • His root teacher Ngag-dbang chos-grags rgya-mtsho
  • Further important teachers
  • Different journeys
  • The monastic center of Gro-mo : bka'-brgyud dgon-gsar
  • To sKyid-grong and Shangs
  • Journey to Bhutan
  • Building work at his main seat in Gro-mo
  • Occurrences at 'Ba'-ra-brag
  • Invasion of the Gorkhas
  • Final years
  • sKal-bzang chos-dbyings rgya-mtsho
  • Thub-bstan 'od-ldan
  • Sangs-rgyas rgya-mtsho
  • 'Jigs-med Ngag-dbang bstan-pa'i rgyal-mtshan
  • Important teachers
  • Taking refuge in Sikkim
  • The monastery bKa'-brgyud Tshe-mchog-gling
  • Passing away
  • Spread of the'Ba'-ra-ba
  • 'Ba'-ra-brag
  • Description of the region
  • Affiliated monasteries
  • Grum-pa
  • 1Cags Yangs-rtse
  • Ga-thog dgon-pa
  • sKyid-grong in Mang-yul Gung-thang
  • Description of the region
  • The 'Jam[-dpal] gling[-pa] family
  • The monastery Grwa-phu chos-gling
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba in Gu-ge
  • The monastery of sGril-ma gsang-sngags chos-sdings in Khams-bu
  • The monastery of bKa'-brgyud dgon-gsar in the Chumbi valley
  • Establishment of the monasteries
  • Cultural Revolution and the reconstruction of the monastery
  • Monastery in Gyang-khang
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba in Bhutan
  • 'Brang[s]-rgyas[-kha] in sPa-gro
  • Monastery in [g]Shong[s]-chen-kha
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba in Sikkim
  • Monastery of bTsun-mo rin-chen thang
  • Construction of the monastery
  • Conversion to rNying-ma tradition
  • Monastery of sPa-phyug
  • History of the monastery
  • Recent developments
  • Monastery of rTsa-brngas
  • Monastery of Ri-nag
  • Monastery of bKa'-brgyud Tshe-mchog-gling : seat of the bKa'-brgyud sPrul-sku
  • Village monasteries
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba in Darjeeling
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba in Dharamsala
  • Concluding remarks
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba incarnation lineage
  • Spread of the'Ba'-ra-ba
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba monasteries in Bhutan
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba monasteries in Darjeeling
  • Bibliographies
  • Tibetan Sources
  • Bhutanese Sources
  • Sikkimese sources
  • Sources in other languages
  • Appendices
  • Important 'Ba'-ra-ba masters
  • The 'Ba'-ra-ba sPrul-sku lineage
  • The bKa'-brgyud-pa sPrul-sku lineage
  • Sites of the 'Ba'-ra-ba
  • Statues of 'Ba'-ra-ba masters
  • Tibetan painted scroll (thang ka) of 'Ba'-ra-ba masters.
Green Library
xii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Reconceptions 1: Suffering is Birth 2: Birth Narratives and Gender Identity 3: Disgust for the Abject Mother 4: The Inauspicious Mother 5: Fertile Ascetics 6: Female Impurity and the Female Buddhist Ascetic Postpartum.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138201231 20170703
Recent decades have seen a groundswell in the Buddhist world, a transnational agitation for better opportunities for Buddhist women. Many of the main players in the transnational nuns movement self-identify as feminists but other participants in this movement may not know or use the language of feminism. In fact, many ordained Buddhist women say they seek higher ordination so that they might be better Buddhist practitioners, not for the sake of gender equality. Eschewing the backward projection of secular liberal feminist categories, this book describes the basic features of the Buddhist discourse of the female body, held more or less in common across sectarian lines, and still pertinent to ordained Buddhist women today. The textual focus of the study is an early-first-millennium Sanskrit Buddhist work, "Descent into the Womb scripture" or Garbhavakranti-sutra. Drawing out the implications of this text, the author offers innovative arguments about the significance of childbirth and fertility in Buddhism, namely that birth is a master metaphor in Indian Buddhism; that Buddhist gender constructions are centrally shaped by Buddhist birth discourse; and that, by undermining the religious importance of female fertility, the Buddhist construction of an inauspicious, chronically impure, and disgusting femininity constituted a portal to a new, liberated, feminine life for Buddhist monastic women. Thus, this study of the Buddhist discourse of birth is also a genealogy of gender in middle period Indian Buddhism. Offering a new critical perspective on the issues of gender, bodies and suffering, this book will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience, including researchers in the field of Buddhism, South Asian history and religion, gender and religion, theory and method in the study of religion, and Buddhist medicine.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138201231 20170703
Green Library
202 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Qu'est-ce que le bouddhisme ? -- La rencontre entre le bouddhisme et l'Occident : de l'Antiquité au XXe siècle -- Une tentative d'explication de la compréhension partielle du bouddhisme -- Bouddhisme et Philosophie occidentale : une rencontre entre mythes et influences -- La longue naissance des premiers mythes -- Une religion sans réalité propre -- L'illusion du "peuple primitif" -- Un nouveau mythe autour du "peuple primitif" : celui d'une culture scandinave et bouddhiste -- Un nouveau mythe autour du "peuple primitif" : celui d'un bouddhisme chrétien -- Les premières réactions face, au bouddhisme -- Des mythes aux premiers écrits -- Le bouddhisme, nouvel objet scientifique et fin des mythes ? -- La Renaissance orientale et la reconnaissance du bouddhisme -- La naissance du "néant bouddhiste" -- Hegel, la conception d'un néant bouddhiste -- La mythification du néant bouddhiste -- Schopenhauer et l'émergence d'un "bouddhisme pessimiste" -- Schopenhauer, un philosophe bouddhiste ? -- Une "concordance" a posteriori -- Le bouddhisme, la plus schopenhauerienne des religions -- Le fantasme d'un Schopenhauer bouddhiste -- Une concordance avérée entre la pensée de Schopenhauer et le bouddhisme ? -- La souffrance, le mal de l'existence -- Le nirvâna et le non-vouloir -- Une guérison possible grâce au bouddhisme mais impossible pour Schopenhauer -- La formation du mythe du "bouddhisme pessimiste" -- Un contexte déterminant dans la constitution du "bouddhisme pessimiste" -- La constitution d'un mythe dans la durée -- Nietzsche et l'avènement malheureux d'un bouddhisme européen ? -- Une position ambiguë face au bouddhisme -- Les connaissances de Nietzsche sur le bouddhisme -- Une vision du bouddhisme par réflexion : le bouddhisme positif contre le christianisme -- Une vision du bouddhisme par réflexion : le bouddhisme nihiliste contre la sagesse tragique -- La menace bouddhiste, la fin prévue de l'Europe -- Un bouddhisme européen pour parachever le nihilisme -- La naissance d'un nouveau mythe autour du bouddhisme ?
"Le XIXe siècle signe la découverte intellectuelle du bouddhisme par les Occidentaux, ouvrant alors de nouvelles perspectives. Cette nouvelle religion ne ressemble pas aux religions occidentales, elle désoriente et intrigue, mais remet aussi en question nos propres conceptions métaphysiques et religieuses. Ainsi, le bouddhisme est devenu un objet intellectuel dont les philosophes se sont emparés, et qui a tout à la fois influencé leur pensée, et atteint sous leur plume le statut de mythe. Ce ou ces mythes sont aussi des déformations du bouddhisme, et révèlent à quel point le christianisme a eu un impact sur la perception de celui-ci, qui restera pendant longtemps relié au néant, au pessimisme et au nihilisme, associations qui occultent sa véritable teneur."--Page 4 of cover.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Chapter 1: Buddhist Women in Early India Chapter 2: Marriage and Meaning in Late Vedic and Classical Hinduism Chapter 3: Marriage and Meaning in Indian Buddhism Chapter 4: How Should a Daughter Renounce? Chapter 5: Suprabha, Kasisundari, and the Indic Svayamvara Chapter 6: Other Women, Other Walks of Life Chapter 7: Some Conclusions and Observations Appendix 1: Dating the Avadanasataka Appendix 2: Sectarian Affiliation.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498511452 20170731
For young women in early South Asia, marriage was probably the most important event in their lives, as it largely determined their socioeconomic and religious future. Yet there has been little in the way of systematic examinations of the evidence on marriage customs among Buddhists of this time, and our understanding of the lives of early Buddhist women is still quite limited. This study uses ten stories from the Avadanasataka, the collection of Buddhist narratives compiled from the second to fifth centuries CE, to examine the social landscape of early India. The author analyzes marital customs and the development of nuns' hagiographies, while revealing regional variations of Buddhism in South Asia during this period.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498511452 20170731
Green Library
xiv, 370 pages : illustration, maps ; 25 cm
  • Acts of ingratitude
  • The limitations of propaganda
  • Patriotic soul boys and other Chinese myths
  • Tibetology with Chinese characteristics
  • Chinese and Tibetan perspectives on history.
The Buddha Party tells the story of how the People's Republic of China employs propaganda to define Tibetan Buddhist belief and sway opinion within the country and abroad. The narrative they create is at odds with historical facts and deliberately misleading, but, John Powers argues, it is widely believed by Han Chinese. Most of China's leaders appear to deeply believe the official line regarding Tibet, which resonates with Han notions of themselves as China's most advanced nationality and as a benevolent race that liberates and culturally uplifts minority peoples. This in turn profoundly affects how the leadership interacts with their counterparts in other countries. Powers's study focuses in particular on the government's "patriotic education" campaign-an initiative that forces monks and nuns to participate in propaganda sessions and repeat official dogma. Powers contextualizes this within a larger campaign to transform China's religions into "patriotic" systems that endorse Communist Party policies. This book offers a powerful, comprehensive examination of this ongoing phenomenon, how it works and how Tibetans resist it.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199358151 20161205
Green Library
2 volumes (xv, xv, 1423 pages) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • From the contents:Abhidhamma Pitaka.- Abhidharma Theravada).- Abhinna.- Abhisamayalamkara.- Ahimsa, Buddhism.- Ahimsa, Jainism.- Ajanta.- Bamiyan.- Bedsa.- Bhaisajyaguru.- Bhaja.- Caga.- Cakka.- Candala, Buddhism.- Dana, Buddhism.- Date of the Buddha.- Death, Buddhism.- Decline of Indian Buddhism.- Devadatta.- Earth, Buddhism.- Ecology, Buddhism.- Education, Buddhism.- Education, Jainism.- Fate, Buddhism.- Faxian (337-422 C.E.).- Festivals, Buddhism.- Folklore, Buddhism.- Gandavyuha.- Gandhara.- Gaudapada.- Gender, Buddhism.- Hagiography, Buddhism.- Hagiography, Buddhism.- Heaven, Buddhism.- Hell, Buddhism.- Jara-marana.- Jataka.- Jinasena, Jainism.- Jiva, Jainism.- Junnar.- Kailash.- Kamma.- Kanheri.- Lalitavistara.- Lankavatara Sutra.- Liberation, Buddhism.- Mahasanghika.- Nagarjuna.- Nagarjunakonda.- Nagasena.- Nalanda.- Omniscience.- Oral Transmission.- Ordination.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789402408539 20170605
This volume focuses on Buddhism and Jainism, two religions which, together with Hinduism, constitute the three pillars of Indic religious tradition in its classical formulation. It explores their history and relates how the Vedic period in the history of Hinduism drew to a close around the sixth century BCE and how its gradual etiolation gave rise to a number of religious movements. While some of these remained within the fold of the Vedic traditions, others arose in a context of a more ambiguous relationship between the two. Two of these have survived to the present day as Buddhism and Jainism. The volume describes the major role Buddhism played in the history not only of India but of Asia, and now the world as well, and the more confined role of Jainism in India until relatively recent times. It examines the followers of these religions and their influence on the Indian religious landscape. In addition, it depicts the transformative effect on existing traditions of the encounter of Hinduism with these two religions, as well as the fertile interaction between the three. The book shows how Buddhism and Jainism share the basic concepts of karma, rebirth, and liberation with Hinduism while giving them their own hue, and how they differ from the Hindu tradition in their understanding of the role of the Vedas, the "caste system, " and ritualism in religious life. The volume contributes to the debate on whether the proper way of describing the relationship between the three major components of the classical Indic tradition is to treat them as siblings (sometimes as even exhibiting sibling rivalry), or as friends (sometimes even exhibiting schadenfreude), or as radical alternatives to one another, or all of these at different points in time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789402408539 20170605
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xxxiii, 689 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Table of Contents AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroductionDoctrinal Considerations1. Illness, Cure, and Care: Selections from the Pali Canon, by Dhivan Thomas Jones2. The Healing Potential of the Awakening Factors in Early Buddhist Discourse, by Analayo 3. Curing/Curating Illness: Selections from the Chapter on the "Sufferings of Illness" from A Grove of Pearls from the Garden of Dharma, by Alexander O. Hsu4. Understanding the Dosa: A Summary of the Art of Medicine from the Sutra of Golden Light, by C. Pierce Salguero5. Fetal Suffering in the Descent Into the Womb Sutra, by Amy Paris Langenberg6. Health and Sickness of Body and Mind: Selections from the Yogacara-bhumi, by Dan Lusthaus7. Overcoming Illness with Insight: Kokan Shiren's Treatise on the Nature of Illness and Its Manifestations, by Edward Drott8. Karma in the Bathhouse: The Sutra on Bathing the Sangha in the Bathhouse, by C. Pierce Salguero9. Liberating the Whole World: Sudhana's Meeting with Samantanetra from the Sutra of the Entry Into the Realm of Reality, by William J. GiddingsHealing and Monastic Discipline10. Medical Practice as Wrong Livelihood: Selections from the Pali Discourses, Vinaya, and Commentaries, by David Fiordalis11. Nuns, Laywomen, and Healing: Three Rules from a Sanskrit Nuns Disciplinary Code, by Amy Paris Langenberg12. Stories of Healing from the Section on Medicines in the Pali Vinaya, by David Fiordalis13. Rules on Medicines from the Five-Part Vinaya of the Mahisasaka School, by C. Pierce Salguero14. Food and Medicine in the Chinese Vinayas: Daoxuan's Emended Commentary on Monastic Practices from the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya, by J. E. E. Pettit15. Toilet Care in Buddhist Monasteries: Health, Decency, and Ritual, by Ann Heirman and Mathieu Torck16. Health Care in Indian Monasteries: Selections from Yijing's Record of the Inner Law Sent Home from the Southern Seas, by Christoph KleineBuddhist Healers17. Two Sutras on Healing and Healers from the Chinese Canon, by Marcus Bingenheimer18. The Buddha Heals: Past and Present Lives, by Phyllis Granoff19. The Buddha's Past Life as a Snakebite Doctor: The Visa-vanta Jataka, by Michael Slouber20. The Training and Treatments of an Indian Doctor in a Buddhist Text: A Sanskrit Biography of Jivaka, by Gregory Schopen21. A Selection of Buddhist Healing Narratives from East Asia, by C. Pierce Salguero22. The Buddha and the Bath Water: How the Bodhisattva Gyoki Founded Koya Temple, by D. Max Moerman23. Esoteric Ritual Remedies: Kukai's Cures for Emperor Konin, by Pamela Winfield24. "The Grief of Kings Is the Suffering of Their Subjects": A Cambodian King's Twelfth-Century Network of Hospitals, by Peter D. Sharrock and Claude JacquesHealing Rites25. Help for the Sick, Dying and Misbegotten: A Sanskrit Version of the Sutra of Bhaisajyaguru, by Gregory Schopen26. The Sutra on the Dharani of the Vast, Complete, and Unobstructed Great Compassion of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with a Thousand Hands and Thousand Eyes, by William J. Giddings27. Tantric Medicine in a Buddhist Proto-Tantra, by Michael Slouber28. Healing Dharanis: A Collection of Medieval Spells from the Taisho Tripitaka, by C. Pierce Salguero29. Seals of the Bodhisattva: A Buddhist Talismanic Seal Manual from Dunhuang, by Paul Copp30. "The Ritual Altar of Kundali Vajra for Treating Illnesses" from the Collected Dharani Sutras, by Josh Capitanio31. Curing with Karma and Confession: Two Short Liturgies from Dunhuang, by Stephen F. Teiser32. Childbirth in Early Medieval Japan: Ritual Economies and Medical Emergencies in Procedures During the Day of the Royal Consort's Labor, by Anna Andreeva33. The Ox-Bezoar Empowerment for Fertility and Safe Childbirth: Selected Readings from the Shingon Ritual Collections, by Benedetta Lomi34. The Verses on the Victor's Armor: A Pali Text Used for Protection and Healing in Thailand, by Justin Thomas McDaniel35. Selections from a Mongolian Manual of Buddhist Medicine, by Vesna A. WallaceMeditation as Cure and Illness36. Healing Sicknesses Caused by Meditation: "The Enveloping Butter Contemplation" from the Secret Essential Methods for Curing Meditation Sickness, by Eric Greene37. Healing with Meditation: "Treating Illness" from Zhiyi's Shorter Treatise on Samatha and Vipasyana, by C. Pierce Salguero38. Getting Sick Over Nothing: Hyesim and Hakuin on the Maladies of Meditation, by Juhn Ahn39. Buddhist Method as Medicine: The Chan Materia Medica and its Ming Dynasty Elaboration, by Robban Toleno40. Tantric Meditations to Increase the Forces of Life: Making Manifest the Three Deities of Longevity, by Matthew T. Kapstein41. Rangjung Dorje's Key to the Essential Points of Wind and Mind, by Douglas Duckworth42. Treating Disorders of the Subtle Winds in Tibetan Buddhism, by Todd P. Marek and Charles Jamyang Oliphant of Rossie43. How to Deal with Wind Illnesses: Two Short Meditation Texts from Buddhist Southeast Asia, by Andrew Skilton and Phibul ChoompolpaisalHybridity in Buddhist Healing44. Correlative Cosmology, Moral Rectitude, and Buddhist Notions of Health: Selections from the Sutra of Trapusa and Bhallika, by Ori Tavor45. Apotropaic Substances as Medicine in Buddhist Healing Methods: Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Five Sciences, by Dominic Steavu46. Dung, Hair, and Mungbeans: Household Remedies in the Longmen Recipes, by Michael Stanley-Baker and Dolly Yang47. "The Mysterious Names on the Hands and Fingers": Healing Hand Mnemonics in Medieval Chinese Buddhism, by Marta Hanson48. Selections on Illness Divination from Bodhidharma's Treasure of the Palm, by Stephanie Homola49. Buddhist Health, Diet, and Sex Advice in Ancient Korea, by Don Baker and Hyunsook Lee50. Vessel Examination in the Medicine of the Moon King, by William A. McGrath51. Moxibustion for Demons: Oral Transmission on Corpse-Vector Disease, by Andrew MacomberBuddhism in the Medical Traditions52. "Indian Massage" from Sun Simiao's Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold, by Michael Stanley-Baker53. Sun Simiao on Medical Ethics: "The Perfect Integrity of the Great Physician" from Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold, by Nathan Sivin54. Using the Golden Needle: Nagarjuna Bodhisattva's Ophthalmological Treatise and Other Sources in the Essentials of Medical Treatment, by Katja Triplett55. Buddhism in Choson Dynasty Medical Compilations, by Kang Yeonseok and Taehyung Lee56. Determining Karmic Illness: Kajiwara Shozen's Treatment of Rai/Leprosy in His Book of the Simple Physician, by Andrew Goble57. Selections from Miraculous Drugs of the South, by the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk-Physician Tue Tinh, by C. Michele Thompson58. The Dong Nhan Pagoda and the Publication of Mister Lazy's Medical Encyclopedia, by Leslie E. de Vries59. An Abhidhamma Perspective: Causes of Illness in a Burmese Buddhist Medical System, by Pyi Phyo Kyaw60. Jewels in Medicines: On the Processing and Efficacy of Precious Pills According to the Four Treatises, by Barbara Gerke and Florian Ploberger61. The Final Doubt and the Entrustment of Tibetan Medical Knowledge, by Barbara Gerke and Florian Ploberger62. Did the Buddha Really Author the Classic Tibetan Medical Text? A Critical Examination from The Lamp to Dispel Darkness, by Janet GyatsoAppendix: Geographical Table of ContentsGlossaryReferencesList of ContributorsIndex.
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From its earliest days, Buddhism has been closely intertwined with medicine. Buddhism and Medicine is a singular collection showcasing the generative relationship and mutual influence between these fields across premodern Asia. The anthology combines dozens of English-language translations of premodern Buddhist texts with contextualizing introductions by leading international scholars in Buddhist studies, the history of medicine, and a range of other fields. These sources explore in detail medical topics ranging from the development of fetal anatomy in the womb to nursing, hospice, dietary regimen, magical powers, visualization, and other healing knowledge. Works translated here include meditation guides, popular narratives, ritual manuals, spells texts, monastic disciplinary codes, recipe inscriptions, philosophical treatises, poetry, works by physicians, and other genres. All together, these selections and their introductions provide a comprehensive overview of Buddhist healing throughout Asia. They also demonstrate the central place of healing in Buddhist practice and in the daily life of the premodern world.
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