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World of the Buddha : a reader

Author: Lucien Stryk
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday/Anchor Books, 1969. ©1968.
Series: Anchor Books, A615.
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Stryk, Lucien.
World of the Buddha
(OCoLC)988992547
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucien Stryk
OCLC Number: 2683803
Notes: Includes selections from the Tripitaka and other Buddhist works.
Cover design: Kiyoshi Kanai.
Description: lvi, 423 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Introduction: Buddhism and modern man: The realism of Buddhist aims; A measure of the Buddha's achievement; The Theraveda and Mahayana schools; The noble truths; Karma and Samsara; Neither pessimist nor optimist; The quest for peace; Buddhism and modern science; The ten stages of enlightenment --
I. Jakata tales: The ass in the lion's skin; Quail, crow, fly, frog and elephants; The hare-mark in the moon --
II. Life of the Buddha: From 'The Buddha-Karita' of Asvaghosha; The great retirement; The great struggle and the attainment of Buddhaship; The death of the Buddha --
III. "The going forth" and two sermons: "The going forth"; The sermon at Benares; The fire-sermon --
IV. 'The Dhammapada': Old age; The world; The Buddha --
the awakened; Thirst; The Brahmana --
V. "Is there life after death?": Parables from the long discourses on the subject: "Is there life after death?"; The condemned criminal; The man in the dung-pit; Time in heaven; The blind man; The woman with child; We cannot see the soul during life; Heat makes things light; Villagers and trumpet; The search for fire; Two caravan-leaders; Dung for fodder; Two dicers; Giving up better for worse --
VI. Questions of Milinda: There is no permanent individuality: Chariot --
There is no continuous personal identity: Embryo and child; Lamp and flame; Milk and butter --
What, then, is reborn?: Theft of mangoes; Fire in a field; Lamp under a thatch; Girl and woman; Milk and curds; Germ and egg --
Time has no beginning: Seed and fruit; Egg and hen; Circle --
Out of nothing comes nothing: Timbers and house; Seeds and plants; Clay and vessels; Lyre and sound; Fire-drill and fire; Burning-glass and fire; Mirror and reflection --
There is no soul: Six doors of the senses; Men in palace; Man outside of gateway; Man in trough of honey --
Why does not the fire of Hell destroy the denizens of Hell?: Embryo of reptiles and birds; Embryo of beasts of prey; Human embryo --
Nibbana is unalloyed bliss: Bliss of sovereignty; Bliss of knowledge --
Nibbana is unlike anything else: Unlike anything else is the great ocean; Unlike anything else are the gods without form; One quality of the lotus; Two qualities of water; Three qualities of medicine; Four qualities of the great ocean; Five qualities of food; Ten qualities of space; Three qualities of the wishing-jewel; Three qualities of red-sandalwood; Three qualities of the cream of ghee; Five qualities of a mountain-peak --
Nibbana is neither past nor future nor present: Escape from a bon-fire; Escape from a heap of corpses; Escape from peril; Escape from mud; Red-hot iron ball; Bon-fire; Traveler who has lost his way --
Nibbana is not a place: Fields and crops; Fire-sticks and fire; Seven jewel of a king --
How do we know that the Buddha ever existed?: The builder of a city is known by his city; So is the Buddha known by his city of righteouness; Flower-shop of the Buddha; Perfume-shop of the Buddha; Fruit-shop of the Buddha; Buyer and seller or mangoes; Medicine-shop of the Buddha; Herb-shop of the Buddha; Ambrosia-shop of the Buddha; Jewel-shop of the Buddha; Jewel of morality; Jewel of concentration; Jewel of deliverance; Jewel of insight through knowledge of deliverance; Jewel of analytical powers; Jew of the prerequisites of enlightenment; General shop of the Buddha; The pure practices --
VII. Questions which then not to edification: Sermon number 1 --
VIII. Buddhaghosa: The composition of the body; On getting angry; Inanimate nature; Name and form; Ignorance; Forty subjects of meditation; World-cycles; The story of Kisagotami --
IX. Short passages, chiefly from the Nikayas: Meditation and contemplation; Go not by hearsay; Right views and heresies; Marvels; Caste; Animals; Deeds and transmigration; The way; Crossing over; Rivers of life and death; The great ocean; Transcendent; On various subjects --
X. Rhinoceros discourse --
XI. The Tevigga Sutta: the Buddha and the Brahmans --
XII. Monks and lay followers: The Patimokkha; The moralities; Concentration leading to Samadhi: the four trances; The eight stages of release; Duties of the lay followers --
XIII. Emperor Ashoka: the edicts: From the thirteenth rock edict; From the minor rock edict (Maski version); From the second rock edict; From the sixth rock edict; From the first separate Kalinga edict; From the fourth pillar edict; From the eighth rock edict; From the twelfth rock edict; From the ninth rock edict; From the seventh pillar edict --
XIV. From the Dipavamsa --
XV. Asvaghosha: The doctrine of suchness --
XVI. From the Mahavastu --
XVII. Mahayana sutras: A. From the lotus of the good law: 1. The lost son; 2. Exertion; 3. Duration of life of the Tathagata --
B. From the explanations of Vimalakirti --
C. From the Vicesacinta-brahma-pariprccha sutra --
D. From the Avatamsaka sutra --
E. From the Lankavatara sutra --
XVIII. Nagarjuna: From the discourse on the middle path; From the Bodhicitta; From Pingalaka, a commentator on Nagarjuna --
XIX. Asanga and Vasubandhu, others: From Asanga's Mahayana- Sangraha-Castra; From the geneal treatise on Mahayanism by Asanga and Vasubandhu; From Sthiramati's discourse on the Mahayana-Dharmadhatu; From Devala's Mahapurusa --
XX. Shantideva: Selections --
XXI. Tibetan Buddhism: The performance; Consecration; The yoga of the Nirvanic path; From the yoga of knowing the mind: The explanation of the names given to this wisdom; The yoga of thatness --
XXII. I-Tsing: Such actions were not practiced by the virtuous of old: 1. The wide learning of my teacher; 2. The immense ability of my teacher; 3. My teacher's intelligence; 4. The liberality of my teacher; 5. The loving-kindness of my teacher; 6. My teacher's devotion to work; 7. His fore-knowledge of the decrees of heaven --
XXIII. Platform scripture of the sixth patriarch --
XXIV. Zen poems: Dogen; Muso; Daito; Getsudo; Daichi; Jakushitsu; Chikusen; Betsugen; Juo; Shutaku; Ryushu; Shunoku; Tesshu; Tsugen; Guchu; Mumon; Gido; Reizan; Myoyu; Hakugai; Nanei; Kodo; Ikkyu; Genko; Saisho; Yuishun; Takuan; Gudo; Karasumaru- Mitsuhiro; Ungo; Daigu; Manan; Fugai; Bunan; Manzan; Tokuo; Hakuin; Sengai; Kosen; Tanzan; Kando; Shinkichi Takahashi --
XXV. Zen sermons: Dogen: on life and death; Muso: dream dialogue; Meiho: Zazen; Ryoho: on emptiness; Shozan: Nio-Zen; Manzan: letter to Zissan; Bankei-Eitaku: the Zen of birthlessness --
XXVI. Zen anecdotes --
XXVII. The Sin Xai: After the Lao of Pang Kham.
Series Title: Anchor Books, A615.
Other Titles: Tripiṭaka.
Responsibility: edited with introduction and commentaries by Lucien Stryk.

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