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Narrating Karma and Rebirth : Buddhist and Jain Multi-Life Stories.

Author: Naomi Appleton
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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Explores how multi-life stories served to construct, communicate, and challenge ideas about karma and rebirth within early South Asia.
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Appleton, Naomi.
Narrating Karma and Rebirth : Buddhist and Jain Multi-Life Stories.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Appleton
ISBN: 9781139910507 1139910507 9781139523998 1139523996
OCLC Number: 875095738
Notes: Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya (Monastic Code of the Mūlasarvāstivādins).
Description: 1 online resource (246 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Contents; Preface; A note on sources and terms; Chapter 1 Introduction; Setting the scene; Fatalism and karma; Memory; Women; Gods and hell-beings; Multi-life stories in teachings; Chapter 2 Karma and the realms of rebirth; The animal realm; In and out of the animal realm; Plants and other single-sensed beings; The hell realms; The heaven realms; Spirit deities; The realm of the pretas; Life as a human being; Chapter 3 Karma and human potentiality; Human men and human women; Human actions and their results; Taking life. Sexual improprietyLying and false teachers: Makkhali Gosāla and Devadatta; Giving and renunciation; Happy endings; Heavenly rewards; Moksa/Nirvāna; The halfway house: Mahāvideha and Maitreya; Conclusion; Chapter 4 Jinas and Buddhas; Moral exemplars; Ideal paths and ideal goals; The doctrinal context: perfections, predictions and progress; A lesson in contrast: Gautama Buddha and Mahāvīra; Escaping karma: negative forces and the ultimate goal; Heaven and moksa: the Pārśva jātaka; The past and the future; The Universal History; The time to come; Conclusion; Chapter 5 Karma and community. Merit transferInterpersonal karmic bonds; Shared merit; Bonds of love; Bonds of hate; Bonds of contrast or confusion; Conclusion; Chapter 6 Memory and omniscience; Who can remember their past lives?; Superhumans; Gods and hell-beings; Animals; What does the memory prompt?; Being good again; Avoiding bad actions; Quitting the world; The limits of memory; The advantages of not remembering; The perils of incomplete memory; Omniscience; 'Remembering' the future; Conclusion; Chapter 7 Conclusion; Stories; Karma and rebirth; The moment of death; The role of intention; Good karma? Buddhist and Jain traditionsAppendix: texts referred to in this book; Antakrddaśāh (Prākrit Antagadadasao; Ten [Teachings on] End-makers); Anuttaraupapātikadaśāh (Prākrit Anuttarovavāiyadasao; Ten [Teachings on] the Arisers in the Highest Heavens); Anguttara Nikāya, see Theravāda Nikāyas; Apadāna (Reaping [the Results of Actions]); Aupapātika Sūtra (Prākrit Uvavāiya Sūya; Discourse on Arisers); Avadānaśataka (One Hundred Avadānas); Āvaśyaka (Required Duties) and commentaries; Bhagavatī Sūtra, or Vyākhyāprajñapti (Prākrit Viyāha Panṇạtti; Proclamation of Explanations). Brhatkathākośa (Great Treasury of Stories) of HarisenaBuddhavamsa (Lineage of the Buddhas); Cariyāpitaka (Basket of Conduct); Dhammapada-atthakathā (Commentary on the Dhammapada); Dīgha Nikāya, see Theravāda Nikāyas; Divyāvadāna (Divine Avadānas); Jātakamālā (Garland of Birth Stories) by Āryaśūra; Jātakatthavannanā (Birth Stories Commentary); Jñātādharmakathāh (Prākrit Nāyādhammakahāo; Examples and Religious Stories); Kalpāvatamsikā, see Nirayāvaliyāsuyakkhandha; Mahāpurāna of Jinasena and Gunabhadra; Mahāvastu (The Great Story); Majjhima Nikāya, see Theravāda Nikāyas.

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