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Buddhisms : an introduction

Author: John Strong
Publisher: London, England : Oneworld Publications, 2015. ©2015
Series: A beginner's guide
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Buddhism or Buddhisms? By the time they move on to Buddhism in Japan, many students who have studied its origins in India ask whether this is in fact the same religion, so different can they appear. In Buddhisms: An Introduction, Professor John S. Strong provides an overview of the Buddhist tradition in all its different forms around the world. Beginning at the modern day temples of Lumbini, where the Buddha was  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Strong
ISBN: 1780745052 9781780745053
OCLC Number: 898424477
Description: xxv, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Lumbinī, a Buddhist World Exposition --
Theravāda and Mahāyāna --
Lumbinī's Eastern Monastic Zone: South and Southeast Asian Traditions --
The Mahā Bodhi Society --
The Sri Lanka Monastery --
The Gautamī Center For Nuns --
Myanmar (Burma) --
Meditation Centers --
Lumbinī's Western Monastic Zone: East Asian Traditions --
China --
Korea --
Japan --
Vietnam --
Lumbinī's Western Monastic Zone: Tibetan Vajrayāna Traditions --
The Great Lotus Stūpa --
The Lumbinī Udyana Mahachaitya --
Part I. Foundations of the Triple Gem: Buddha/s, Dharma/s, and Saṃgha/s. Śākyamuni, Lives and Legends --
The Historical Buddha --
The Buddha's World --
The Buddha Story --
Past Buddhas and the Biographical Blueprint --
The Start of Śākyamuni's Career --
Previous Lives (Jātakas) --
The Donkey in the Lion's Skin --
Vessantara Jātaka --
The Tigress Jātaka --
A Lifestory of Śākyamuni --
Birth and Childhood --
Life in the Palace --
The Beginnings of Discontent --
The Great Departure --
Paths Not Taken --
Awakening --
After Enlightenment --
The First Sermon --
Various Conversions and Miracles --
Death and Parinirvāṇa --
Overcoming the Buddha's Absence --
Seeing the Buddha in the Dharma --
Excursus on the Buddhist Canon/s --
Places of Pilgrimage --
Relics --
Buddha Images --
The Masters of the Dharma --
The Arhat Dharma-Protectors --
Meeting Maitreya --
Some Permutations of the Middle Way --
The Middle Way --
Karma and Saṃsāra --
Why do Good Deeds? --
Contexts of Karma I: Neither Free Will nor Determinism --
Contexts of Karma II: Both Jain and Upaniṣadic Views --
The Doctrine of Non-Self (Anātman) --
Breaking Down the False Sense of Self: the Five Aggregates and Impermanence --
The Elements (Dharmas) --
Countering the Breakdown of Self: Personal Continuity --
Explications of Continuity: Pseudo-Selves and Ersatz Ātmans --
The Four Truths --
The First Truth: Stress --
The Second Truth: the Continual Arising of Stress and Interdependent Origination --
The Double Bind of Saṃsāra --
The Third Truth: the Cessation of Stress: Nirvāṇa --
The Fourth Truth: the Path to the Cessation of Stress --
Moral Discipline --
Meditation --
Wisdom --
Other Systematizations of the Path --
The Seven Factors Conducive to Enlightenment --
The Graduated Training --
The Four Divine Abidings --
The Four Fruits of the Path --
The Establishment and Character of the Early Buddhist Community --
Monastic-Lay Interactions --
Dāna (Giving) and Other Forms of Making Merit --
Lay Ethics --
Magical Protection --
Laypersons and the Monastic Rules --
Royal Supporters --
King Aśoka --
The Monastics: Wandering and Settling --
Monastic Lifestyles --
Monasteries --
Mahāprajāpatī and the Establishment of the Order of Nuns --
Common Moral Commitments --
Initiation Rituals: Wandering Forth and Ordination --
Monastic Rules --
The Elaboration of the disciplinary code --
Enforcement of the rules: Prātimokṣa Recitation and Pravāraṇa --
Some Exemplary Disciples of the Buddha --
Śāriputra and Maudgalyāyana --
Paṭācārā --
The Laypersons Nakulapitṛ and Nakulamātṛ --
Viśākhā, Preeminent Laywoman --
Visions and Divisions of the Saṃgha --
Council Stories --
The Council at Rājagṛha --
Vinaya Disputes: the Council of Vaiśālī --
The Councils of Pāṭaliputra --
Other Council Traditions --
The Flowering of Mainstream Factionalism --
Other Divisional Issues --
Practice vs. Study --
Meditators and Merit Makers --
Forest Monks and Town Monks --
The Question of Asceticism --
The Question of Bon-Vivant Monks --
Sect vs. Sect --
The Origins of the Mahāyāna --
Proliferation of Mahāyāna Schools --
Mahāyāna Schools in India --
Mahāyāna Schools in China --
Mahāyāna Schools in Japan --
Mahāyāna Schools in Tibet --
Part II. Further Elaborations of the Triple Gem. Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Ways of Meeting the Buddha/s --
Changes in the View of the Buddha: The Lotus Sūtra and Śākyamuni's Lifespan --
Three Bodies of the Buddha/s --
Meeting the Buddha's in their Pure Lands --
Akṣobhya --
Bhaiṣajyaguru --
Amitābha --
Meeting the Amitābha through Visualization --
Rebirth in the Pure Land --
Meeting the Buddha in the Great Bodhisattvas --
Avalokiteśvara --
Other Great Bodhisattvas --
Meeting the Buddha/s in the Vajrayāna --
Mạnḍalas and the Five Tathāgatas --
Ritual Consecration (Abhiṣeka) --
Merging with the Buddha --
Visions: Meeting the Buddha/s in Bardo --
Buddha Embodiments in this World: Gurus and Tülkus --
Māhāyana Doctrinal Developments --
Emptiness: the Selflessness of Dharmas --
Nāgārjuna and the Madhyamaka --
The Expansion of Provisional Truth: Expedient Means (Upāya) --
Tiantai Doctrines --
The Ongoing Dialectic: the Yogācāra School --
Asanga and Vasubandhu and the Development of the School --
Yogācāra Doctrines --
Avataṃsaka Doctrines --
Applications of the Interpenetration --
The Buddha Womb/Embryo (Tathāgatagarbha) Teachings --
Resurgence of the True Self --
Buddha-Nature Controversies --
Limitations to the Buddha-Nature: the Icchantika Debate --
The End of the Dharma --
Expansions of the Buddha-Nature Doctrine --
The Bodhisattva Path, Tantra, and Zen --
The Bodhisattva Path --
Sudden and Gradual --
Disagreements over the Nature of the Path: the Debate at Samyé --
Disagreements over the Nature of Enlightenment --
Graduated Paths --
Compassion and Bodhicitta --
The Stages of the Path, the Perfections, the Five Paths --
Routinization and Ritualization --
Path Shortcuts --
Tantra --
Uniting the Poles --
Tantric Physiology --
Mahāmūdra and Dzokchen (Rdzogs chen) --
Direct Experiences: Chan/Zen --
Kōans --
Critical Phrases (Huatou) --
Saṃgha Situations: Places, Persons, and Practices in Thai Buddhism/s --
Buddhism in Thailand --
Thai Monastic Life: Temporary Ordination --
Life as a Novice --
Experiences as a Monk --
The Lives of Two Charismatic Thai Monks --
Acharn Mun --
Khruba Siwichai --
The End of the Rains-Retreat in a Northern Thai Village --
A Thai Temple in Wimbledon, England --
Saṃgha Situations: Places, Persons, and Practices in Japanese Buddhism/s --
The Hexagonal Hall (Rokkakudō) --
Prince Shōtoku --
Shinran --
Kannon, Jizō, and Fudō --
The Ritual Year at Shinnyodō --
New Year's --
Ḍākinī and the Recitation of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra --
Main Hall Rituals --
Goma --
The Killing Stone --
The Ryōanji Rock Garden --
The Buddha's Birthday at the Morgan Bay Zendo --
The Japan Temple in Lumbini --
Saṃgha Situations: Places, Persons, and Practices in Tibetan Buddhism/s --
Lhasa Jokhang --
Pinning Down the Demoness --
Flood Control --
Grand Prostrations --
The Great Prayer Festival --
The Potala and the Dalai Lamas --
Finding a New Dalai Lama --
Scholars and Mad Saints --
Drepung Monastery and Monastic Studies --
Mad Monks: the Case of Tangtong Gyalpo --
Samding: Female Incarnations and a Contemporary Buddhist --
A Tibetan Dharma Center in Vermont, U.S.A.
Series Title: A beginner's guide
Responsibility: John S. Strong.


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