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The Buddhist religion : a historical introduction

Author: Richard H Robinson; Willard L Johnson; Sandra A Wawrytko; Ṭhānissaro, Bhikkhu.
Publisher: Belmont, Calif. : Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1996, ©1997.
Series: Religious life in history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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"The most comprehensive, insightful, and up-to-date introduction to Buddhism available, this text traces the religion of Awakening from its origins to its spread throughout Asia and the world. Combining historical narrative with contextual analysis in a clear and engaging style, the authors present a full and balanced portrait of the Buddhist religion in terms of ritual, devotionalism, institutions, doctrine, and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Robinson, Richard H., 1926-
Buddhist religion.
Belmont, Calif. : Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1996, ©1997
(OCoLC)647494762
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard H Robinson; Willard L Johnson; Sandra A Wawrytko; Ṭhānissaro, Bhikkhu.
ISBN: 0534207189 9780534207182
OCLC Number: 34984055
Description: xv, 342 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Map: The World of Buddhism --
The Buddha's Awakening --
The Social and Religious Context of Early Buddhism --
Issues in Early North Indian Thought --
The Quest for Awakening --
The Birth and Youth of the Bodhisattva --
The Great Renunciation --
The Bodhisattva's Studies and Austerities --
Temptation by Mara --
The Awakening --
The Lessons of Awakening --
The Regularity of Phenomena --
Nirvana --
The Awakening as Paradigm --
The Buddha as Teacher and Power Figure --
The Response to the Awakened One --
The Buddha Begins Teaching --
The First Encounter --
Setting the Wheel of Dharma in Motion --
An Analysis of the First Discourse --
The Four Noble Truths --
The Stages of Awakening --
The Spread of the Religion --
Taking Refuge --
The Development of the Sangha --
The Middle Years --
The Last Days and Beyond --
Buddhist Devotionalism --
The Etiquette of Devotion --
The Development of Early Indian Buddhism --
The Formation of the Canons --
The Early Monastic Lineages --
The Early Councils and the Attitude toward Sectarianism --
Norms for Religious Life --
The Code of Discipline for Monks --
Communal Governance --
The Life of the Monks --
The Life of the Nuns --
The Laity --
Asoka --
Abhidharma --
The Lists (Matrka) --
Points of Controversy: The Nature of the Individual --
Points of Controversy: The Nature of Existence --
Past-Life Narratives --
Jatakas and the Perfections --
Avadanas and the Buddha-Field --
The Stupa Cult --
The Period of the Three vehicles --
Social Background --
The Cult of Maitreya.
Series Title: Religious life in history series.
Responsibility: Richard H. Robinson, Willard L. Johnson ; assisted by Sandra A. Wawrytko, Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff).

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A historical introduction to Buddhism. The purpose of this work is to portray the thoughts and actions of the large segment of followers of the Buddha. Its presentation covers six main aspects of  Read more...

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