Vision of Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree [NOOK Book]

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Destined to become a classic in its field, The Vision of Buddhism constitutes a dramatic departure from most Western treatments of Buddhism. Holding that the usual historical approach is not only irrelevant to Buddhism, but also destructive of its distinctive world view. Corless takes a nonlinear approach, one more faithful to the Buddhist tradition itself.

Most Western treatments of Buddhism are historical, tracing in detail the chronology of...
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Vision of Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree

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Overview

Destined to become a classic in its field, The Vision of Buddhism constitutes a dramatic departure from most Western treatments of Buddhism. Holding that the usual historical approach is not only irrelevant to Buddhism, but also destructive of its distinctive world view. Corless takes a nonlinear approach, one more faithful to the Buddhist tradition itself.

Most Western treatments of Buddhism are historical, tracing in detail the chronology of Buddhism’s emergence and growth and its division into dozens of competing schools. This lucid and elegant introduction to Buddhism takes a non-historical approach, one that is more faithful to the Buddhist tradition itself. Author Roger Corless presents and explains Buddhist teachings and practices in light of events in the life of Buddha. He examines the mythologized version of Buddha’s life and the differing descriptions of Buddha’s life given by his followers. In the major section of the book he considers the matter of greatest importance to modern readers–how the Buddha’s life, in all its descriptions, may be repeated by each individual practitioner.
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Editorial Reviews

University of Virginia - Jeffrey Hopkins
Every introductory Buddhism course needs just this book! It is the first book to tackle the array of national Buddhisms in a thematic way and with considerable wit and insight.
Institute of Buddhist Studies - Alfred Bloom
For the first time, the story is told in consonance with the nature of Buddhism itself
Soto Zen priest - Patrick Micel (Hoji)
Roger J. Corless is a Buddhologist and an exceedingly erudite one at that. Much more importantly, he is a long-term practitioner with first-hand experience in a variety of traditions including Zen, the various Tibetan lineages and the Pure Land schools. This practical experience of the Dharma means that he treasures it as no purely academic Buddhologist ever could and his book, while bearing some similarities to works by other academics, is unusual in that he never goes off into purely theoretic
Southern Methodist University - Frederick J. Streng
Vision of Buddhism is, indeed, a remarkable exposition of Buddhism: some of its interpretations are brilliant. It is superbly informed.
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1975 - Gary Snyder
“I have been reading The Vision of Buddhism and urging it on friends myself. The angle and unfolding there is a remarkably effective way to introduce people to the Buddhadharma.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013259614
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/8/2011
  • Series: Vision of Reality , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

ROGER J. CORLESS was Professor of Religion at Duke University. A leading scholar of Buddhism, his special interests were Pure Land Buddhism, Christian Spirituality, and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. He was a co-founder of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and its journal Buddhist-Christian Studies. He published more than sixty academic articles and four books, including I Am Food: The Mass in Planetary Perspective,
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Reference for the Practical Buddhist

    THE best book on Buddhism I've ever read. Corless communicates the Buddhist Dharma in a witty insightful manner that is instructive and entertaining. Detailed and accessible, it is THE one reference book for a practical Buddhist to own. Easy to read but not light weight. My highest recommendation, especially for people who like to learn and enjoy themselves while doing so.

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