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Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations / Edition 2
     

Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations / Edition 2

by Paul Williams
 

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ISBN-10: 0415356539

ISBN-13: 9780415356534

Pub. Date: 09/09/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

Paul Williams'

Overview

Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

Paul Williams' Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion's diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams' book the ideal companion to their studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415356534
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
477,768
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Buddhism - Doctrinal Diversity and Moral Unity

The Indian Background

Factors Which Tended to Promote Change

Abhidharma

Mahāsamghikas and the Lokottaravāda

The Origins of the Mahāyana, and the

Laity

Mahāyāyāa Before 'Mahāyāna' - the Ajitasenavyākarananirdesa Sutra

On the Origins and Justification of the Mahāyāna Sutras

PART I WISDOM

2 The Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnāpāramita) Sutras

On

the Mahā yāna Sutras

The Origins and Development of the Prajnāpāramita Literature

Wisdom (prajnā) and its Perfection

Absence of Self - The Extensive Perspective

The Bodhisattva

3

Madhyamaka

Nāgārjuna and Aryadeva

The Development of the Madhyamaka Tradition in India

Emptiness and Inherent Existence - the Incompatible Rivals

A Brief Note on Madhyamaka Method

Three Madhyamaka Critiques

On Causation

On the Self

On

Nirvāna

The Two Truths

Meditation and Emptiness - An Impressionistic Outline

A Final Note - Madhyamaka in China and East Asia

4 Cittamātra (Mind Only)

Background

The Cittamātra Tradition - Scholars and Texts

The Three Aspects

(Trisvabhāva)

Mind

Substratum Consciousness, Consciouness, and Immaculate Consciousness

Yet More Disputes Within the Cittamatra Tradition

5 The Tathāgatagarbha (Buddha-essence/ Buddha-nature)

Some Tathāgatagarbha Sutras

The

Tathāgatagarbha in the Ratnagotravibhāgā

Tibet-the Gzban Stong and Rang Stong Dispute

The Ta-ch'eng ch'I-bsin lun and the Tathāgatagarbha in East Asia

Dogen on the Buddha Nature

6 Hua-yen - the Flower

Garland Tradition

Buddhism in China

The Avatamsaka Sutra

The Hua-yen Tradition in China

Hua-yen Thought - Fa-tsang's Treaties on the Golden Lion (Chin-shih tzu chang)

A Note on Some Aspects of hua-yen Practice

The Avatamsaka Sutra and Vairocana in

Buddhist Art

PART II COMPASSION

7 The Saddharmapundarika (Lotus) Sutra and Its Influences

A Note on Tien-t'ai (Tendai)

Nichiren and Nichirenism

8 On the Bodies of the BuddhaProlegomenon to the Mahāyāna

The Bodies of the Buddha and the

Philosophy of Emptiness

Cittamātra - The System Develops

A Note on the dGe lugs Schema of the Buddha's Bodies

A Final Note: The 'Non-Abiding Nirvāna'and the Lifespan of the Buddha

9 The Path of the Bodhisattva

Tibet and Tantra

Buddhism Reaches

the Land of Snows

The Eight-Century Debates

Compassion and the Bodhicitta

Bodhisattva Stages, Paths and Perfections

10 Faith and Devotion: The Cults of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

On Faith

Buddhānusmrti - Recollection of the Buddha

The

Pratyutpanna Samādhi, and Hui-yuan

The Notion of a Buddha Field (buddhaksertra)

Some Bodhisattavas

Maitreya

Avalokitesvara

Tārā

Manju Buddhas

Aksobhya

Bhaisajyaguru

Amitābha/Amitāyus

The Amitābha

Sutras

Amitābha's pure Land in China

Honen Shonin (1133-1212)

Shinran Shonin (1173-1262)

Notes

References

further study and research (Religious Studies)

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