The Buddhist Religion / Edition 4

The Buddhist Religion / Edition 4

by Richard H. Robinson, Willard L. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0534207189

ISBN-13: 9780534207182

Pub. Date: 09/01/1996

Publisher: Wadsworth

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…  See more details below

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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 meditation practice. Of special interest are the discussions of women's contributions to the Buddhist tradition and the portraits of current religious life, both lay and monastic, drawn from all the major living Buddhist cultures of Asia. In this Fourth Edition, both Part One (the Indian development of Buddhism) and Part Two (Buddhism beyond India) have been substantially revised. Incorporated throughout the text are findings from the most recent scholarship as well as original research by the authors on Buddhism in its early, Tantric, Southeast Asian, and Western forms. Helpful citations in the text, glossary, and index highlight themes of interest in comparative religion together with cross-cultural developments in such distinctly Buddhist teachings as Karma, emptiness, and the nature of Awakening.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534207182
Publisher:
Wadsworth
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Religion Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Map: The World of Buddhism
Abbreviations
Introduction
1The Buddha's Awakening7
2The Buddha as Teacher30
3The Development of Early Indian Buddhism51
4The Rise and Development of Mahayana Buddhism82
5Soteriology and Pantheon of the Mahayana99
6Vajrayana and Later Indian Buddhism117
7Buddhism in SriLanka and Southeast Asia141
8Buddhism in Central Asia and China166
9Buddhism in Korea and Vietnam220
10Buddhism in Japan241
11Buddhism in the Tibetan Cultural Area271
12Buddhism Comes West297
An Overview of the Buddhist Scriptures311
Pronunciation Guide315
Glossary319
Select Bibliography326
Index336

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