The Different Paths of Buddhism: A Narrative-Historical Introduction

The Different Paths of Buddhism: A Narrative-Historical Introduction

by Carl Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813535611

ISBN-13: 9780813535616

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

For centuries, Buddhist teachers and laypeople have used stories, symbols, cultural metaphors, and anecdotes to teach and express their religious views.  In this introductory textbook, Carl Olson draws on these narrative traditions to detail the development of Buddhism from the life of the historical Buddha to the present.  By organizing the text

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Overview

For centuries, Buddhist teachers and laypeople have used stories, symbols, cultural metaphors, and anecdotes to teach and express their religious views.  In this introductory textbook, Carl Olson draws on these narrative traditions to detail the development of Buddhism from the life of the historical Buddha to the present.  By organizing the text according to the structure of Buddhist thought and teaching, Olson avoids imposing a Western perspective that traditional texts commonly bring to the subject.

The book offers a comprehensive introduction to the main branches of the Buddhist tradition in both the Mahayana and Theravada schools, including the Madhyamika school, the Yogacara school, Pure Land devotionalism, Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and village folk Buddhist traditions. Chapters explore the life and teachings of the Buddha in historical context, the early development and institutionalization of Buddhism, its geographic spread across Asia and eventually to the United States, philosophy and ethics, the relationship between monks and laity, political and ethical implications, the role of women in the Buddhist tradition, and contemporary reinterpretations of Buddhism. 

Drawn from decades of classroom experience, this creative and ambitious text combines expert scholarship and engaging stories that offer a much-needed perspective to the existing literature on the topic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813535616
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Origins and historical development
1Crows and monks : introduction1
2The elephant and the Buddha21
Pt. 2Theravada philosophy and practice
3The narrative path of the Buddha45
4Ethical and political implications of Buddhist narratives68
5The tale of beggars and donors88
6The feminine narrative in Buddhism110
7Stories from Buddhist villages123
Pt. 3Major Mahayana movements and schools
8The Bodhisattva's path to perfection143
9Secret narratives : philosophies of emptiness163
10Devotional voices of the pure land184
11Tales of Lamas : Tibetan Buddhism201
12The no-narrative of seated meditation : Zen225
13New narratives : recent paths of reform and revival245

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