The Experience of Buddhism: Sources and Interpretations / Edition 2

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Overview

This comprehensive anthology provides translations of texts illustrative of Buddhist philosophy and doctrine as well as descriptive, concrete accounts of Buddhist practices, rituals, experiences, and life situations. This approach does not neglect one dimension of the religion in favor of another and allows instructors to choose what they wish to emphasize in the classroom. The book also covers the development of Buddhism in a wide variety of geographical and cultural areas (India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan), and gives a sense of the historical evolution of the tradition in these areas.
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Editorial Reviews

Roger Corless
On the one hand, a very serviceable course book, that "sort of" goes with "Robinson Plus," and one that can certainly, as I have found, be mined for significant texts as the focus of productive classroom discussions.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Roger Corless
On the one hand, a very serviceable course book, that "sort of" goes with "Robinson Plus," and one that can certainly, as I have found, be mined for significant texts as the focus of productive classroom discussions.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Oliver Freiberger, University of Texas, Austin: "Frankly, I would be having a hard time trying to think of ways to improve the book. It is an excellent collection that I have used in several classes. The selection and length of the passages, as well as Strong's short but excellent commentaries are just fine as they are".

Todd Lewis, College of the Holy Cross: "I like this text and use it. It is skillful and insightful in trying not to fall into old nonsense and has brought important texts into discussion".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534541750
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Religion Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. Strong is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion at Bates College. He received an M.A. from Hartford Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focuses on the History of Religions, Asian Religions, and Buddhist Studies.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Experience of Buddhism in South Asia 1
1 The Life Story of the Buddha and Its Ramifications 3
2 The Experience of the Sangha 44
3 The Dharma: Some Perspectives of Mainstream Buddhism 88
4 The Dharma: Some Mahayana Perspectives 134
5 Saviors and Siddhas: The Mahayana Pantheon and Tantric Buddhism 176
Pt. 2 The Development of Buddhism outside India 211
6 Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia 213
7 Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: The Tibetan Cultural Area 251
8 Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: China 287
9 Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: Japan 314
10 Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: The West 339
A Guide to the Transliteration and Pronunciation of Buddhist Terms 364
Glossary 368
Subject Index 372
Text and Author Index 375
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