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Overview

This anthology, first published in 1995, illustrates the vast scope of Buddhist practice in Asia, past and present. Re-released now in a slimmer but still extensive edition, Buddhism in Practice presents a selection of thirty-five translated texts—each preceded by a substantial introduction by its translator.

These unusual sources provides the reader with a sense of the remarkable diversity of the practices of persons who over the course of 2,500 years have been identified, by themselves or by others, as Buddhists. Demonstrating the many continuities among the practices of Buddhist cultures widely separated by both history and geography, Buddhism in Practice continues to provide an ideal introduction to Buddhism and a source of new insights for scholars.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies - Timothy Brook
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: Buddhism in Practice . . . constitute[s] a benchmark of where Buddhist studies has been, and where it is going. By endeavoring to break the circularity of the knowledge process, by which we recognize as 'Buddhist' only what we already think of as Buddhist, Lopez has opened a new course for a self-reflexive Buddhology.
Education About ASIA - William Huntley
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: Like an all-star professional athletic team, the contributors to this volume bring credentials as world famous scholars of Buddhism. . . . [This] anthology contains a variety that shatters the narrowness of previous collections of texts.
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Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "Buddhism in Practice . . . constitute[s] a benchmark of where Buddhist studies has been, and where it is going. By endeavoring to break the circularity of the knowledge process, by which we recognize as 'Buddhist' only what we already think of as Buddhist, Lopez has opened a new course for a self-reflexive Buddhology."—Timothy Brook, Journal of Asian Studies

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: Like an all-star professional athletic team, the contributors to this volume bring credentials as world famous scholars of Buddhism. . . . [This] anthology contains a variety that shatters the narrowness of previous collections of texts."—William Huntley, Education About ASIA

Journal of Asian Studies
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: Buddhism in Practice . . . constitute[s] a benchmark of where Buddhist studies has been, and where it is going. By endeavoring to break the circularity of the knowledge process, by which we recognize as 'Buddhist' only what we already think of as Buddhist, Lopez has opened a new course for a self-reflexive Buddhology.
— Timothy Brook
Education About ASIA
Praise for Princeton's previous edition: Like an all-star professional athletic team, the contributors to this volume bring credentials as world famous scholars of Buddhism. . . . [This] anthology contains a variety that shatters the narrowness of previous collections of texts.
— William Huntley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691129686
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Series: Princeton Readings in Religions Series
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 636,708
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald S. Lopez Jr., is Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of three other volumes in this series: "Religions of Tibet in Practice, Religions of India in Practice", and "Religions of China in Practice".

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Table of Contents


Princeton Readings in Religions     v
Note on Transliteration     vii
Contents by Vehicle     xi
Contents by Country     xiii
List of Contributors     xv
Introduction   Donald S. Lopez, Jr.     3
Buddha
A Hymn of Praise to the Buddha's Good Qualities   Paul J. Griffiths     39
Consecrating the Buddha   Donald K. Swearer     50
Sutra on the Merit of Bathing the Buddha   Daniel Boucher     59
Reading Others' Minds   Carl Bielefeldt     69
The Prayer of the Original Buddha   Matthew Kapstein     80
Myoe's Letter to the Island   George J. Tanabe, Jr.     88
The Tathagatagarbha Sutra   William H. Grosnick     92
Gotamis Story   Jonathan S. Walters     107
A Prayer for the Long Life of the Dalai Lama   Donald S. Lopez, Jr.     133
Chinese Women Pilgrims' Songs Glorifying Guanyin   Chun-fang Yu     139
Dharma
A Discussion of Seated Zen   Carl Bielefeldt     147
The Way to Meditation   Donald K. Swearer     157
Original Enlightenment Thought in the Nichiren Tradition   Jackie Stone     166
A Prophecy of the Death of the Dharma   Jan Nattier     179
The Book of Resolving Doubts Concerning the Semblance Dharma   Kyoko Tokuno     187
Eschatology in the Wheel of Time Tantra   John Newman     202
Atisa's A Lamp for the Path to Awakening   Ronald M. Davidson     208
The Advice to Layman Tundila   Charles Hallisey     220
The Legend of the Iron Stupa   Charles Orzech     232
Two Tantric Meditations: Visualizing the Deity   Luis O. Gomez     236
The Story of the Horn Blowing   Todd T. Lewis     246
On Becoming a Buddhist Wizard   Patrick Pranke     255
Pure Land Buddhist Worship and Meditation in China   Daniel B. Stevenson     271
A Modern Sermon on Merit Making   Donald K. Swearer     293
Auspicious Things   Charles Hallisey     296
Tales of the Lotus Sutra   Daniel B. Stevenson     311
Sangha
Daily Life in the Assembly   T. Griffith Foulk     339
Deaths, Funerals, and the Division of Property in a Monastic Code   Gregory Schopen     357
A Rite for Restoring the Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows   Donald S. Lopez, Jr.     387
Awakening Stories of Zen Buddhist Women   Sallie King     397
Atisa's Journey to Sumatra   Hubert Decleer     409
Bimba's Lament   Donald K. Swearer     419
Hagiographies of the Korean Monk Wonhyo   Robert E. Buswell, Jr.     431
Buddhist Chaplains in the Field of Battle   Sybil Thornton     441
Death-Bed Testimonials of the Pure Land Faithful   Daniel B. Stevenson     447
Index     459
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