On Being Buddha: The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood

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This is the first book in a western language to treat these doctrines about Budda from a philosophical and thoroughly critical viewpoint.
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Reviews the thinking of Buddhists in India on the nature of Buddha, addressing such questions as whether there is one Buddha or many and what a Buddha can and cannot do and does and does not know. Finds that Buddhists, by asserting a complete perfection for Buddha, run into some of the same conceptual dilemmas as Christians. The excerpts are presented in both transcription and translation. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Table of Contents

by Frank E. Reynolds



Chapter One: The Doctrinal Study of Doctrine
1.0 Prolegomena
1.1 Primary Doctrines
1.2 Secondary Doctrines
1.2.1 Rules of Recognition and Patterns of Derivation
1.2.2 Rules of Interpretation and Combination
1.3 The Doctrinal Uses of Primary Doctrines
1.4 Applying the Theory

Chapter Two: Buddhist Doctrine
2.0 Prolegomena
2.1 The Doctrinal Digests
2.2 The Authority of the Doctrinal Digests
2.3 The Content and Subject-Matter of the DoctrinalDigests
2.4 The Goals of the Doctrinal Digests
2.5 Theories of Doctrine in the Doctrinal Digests
2.5.1 Rules of Recognition
2.5.2 Rules of Interpretation

Chapter Three: Buddhalogical Doctrine
3.0 Prolegomena
3.1 Buddhalogy and Maximal Greatness
3.2 Titles and Epithets of Buddha
3.3 Properties of Buddha
3.4 Analytical and Organizational Schemata
3.5 Metaphysical Embeddedness and Systematic Location

Chapter Four: Buddha in the World
4.0 Prolegomena
4.1 The Buddha-Legend
4.2 Bodies of Magical Transformation
4.3 Buddha's Perfections of Appearance in the World
4.4 Buddha's Perfections of Action in the World
4.4.1 Spontaneity and Effortlessness
4.4.2 Endlessness and Omnipresence
4.4.3 Excursus: Buddha's Consumption of Food
4.5 Buddha's Perfections of Cognition in the World
4.5.1 0mnilinguality
4.5.2 Awareness of What Is Possible and What Is Impossible
4.6 One Body of Magical Transformation at a Time? A Controversy

Chapter Five: Buddha in Heaven
5.0 Prolegomena
5.1 Ornamenting Heaven
5.2 Bodies of Communal Enjoyment

Chapter Six: Buddha in Eternity
6.0 Prolegomena
6.1 Epistemic Predicates
6.1.1 Awareness Simpliciter
6.1.2 Buddha's Awareness
6.2 Metaphysical Predicates

Chapter Seven: Doctrinal Criticism
Doctrinal Criticism





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