Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities

Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities

by Steven Collins

Examines the meaning of 'nirvana' and discusses Buddhist utopias, textuality and world history.See more details below


Examines the meaning of 'nirvana' and discusses Buddhist utopias, textuality and world history.

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Cambridge University Press
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Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
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5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.57(d)

Table of 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 Jåtaka; 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.

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