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Nirvana and other Buddhist felicities : utopias of the Pali imaginaire

Author: Steven Collins
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2006, ©1998.
Series: Cambridge studies in religious traditions, 12.
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This book discusses nirvana, Buddhist utopias, textuality and the study of premodern civilizations. By setting nirvana in the wider category of Buddhist Felicities and integrating Buddhist texts with  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Collins
ISBN: 0521570549 9780521570541 0521578426 9780521578424
OCLC Number: 612422623
Description: xxiv, 684 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Textual chronology; General introduction: Buddhism and civilisation history I - structures and processes: Part I. Nirvana In and Out of Time: Introduction to part I: systematic and narrative thought - eternity and closure in structure and story; 1. The concept of nirvana; 2. The imagery of nirvana; 3. Nirvana, time and narrative; Conclusion to part I: modes of thought, modes of tradition; Part II. Paradise in Heaven and on Earth: Introduction to part II: utopia and the ideal society; 4. Heaven, the land of Cockaygne and Arcadia; 5. Millennialism; Critical discussion: what is 'millennialism'? Premodern ideas and modern movements; 6. The perfect moral commonwealth? Kingship and its discontents; 7. The Vessantara Jataka; Conclusion to part II: in what sense can one speak of Buddhist utopianism?; General conclusion: Buddhism and civilisation history II - reprise: Appendices; Bibliography; Glossary; Indexes.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in religious traditions, 12.
Responsibility: Steven Collins.


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