Buddhism in Practice

Buddhism in Practice

by Donald S. Lopez Jr.
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Princeton University Press

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Buddhism in Practice

This anthology illustrates the vast scope of Buddhist practice in Asia, past and present, by presenting a selection of forty-eight translated texts including hagiographies, monastic rules, pilgrimage songs, apocryphal sutras, and didactic tales from India, China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma. Most of these pieces have never before been translated into a Western language, and each is preceded by a substantial introduction by its translator. Together they are designed to do nothing less than reshape the way in which Buddhism is understood.

These unusual sources provide the reader with a sense of the remarkable diversity of the practices of persons who over the course of 2,500 years have been identified, by themselves or by others, as Buddhists. In this rich variety there are often contradictions, such that the practices of one Buddhist community might seem strange or unfamiliar to another. At the same time, however, there is evidence here of many continuities among the practices of Buddhist cultures widely separated by both history and topography. From "A Hymn of Praise to the Buddha's Good Qualities" through "On Becoming a Buddhist Wizard" to "Death-Bed Testimonials of the Pure Land Faithful," the selections here are an ideal introduction to Buddhism and a source of new insights for scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691044415
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/24/1995
Series: Princeton Readings in Religions Series
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.28(d)

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration
Contents by Vehicle
Contents by Country
1A Hymn of Praise to the Buddha's Good Qualities39
2Consecrating the Buddha50
3Sutra on the Merit of Bathing the Buddha59
4Reading Others' Minds69
5The Prayer of the Original Buddha80
6Myoe's Letter to the Island88
7The Tathagatagarbha Sutra92
8The Whole Universe as a Sutra107
9Gotami's Story113
10The Great Bliss Queen139
11Story of Simhala, the Caravan Leader151
12A Prayer for the Long Life of the Dalai Lama170
13Chinese Women Pilgrims' Songs Glorifying Guanyin176
14A Mahayana Liturgy183
15A Discussion of Seated Zen197
16The Way to Meditation207
17Buddhism and the State in Early Japan216
18Original Enlightenment Thought in the Nichiren Tradition228
19The Matsumoto Debate241
20A Prophecy of the Death of the Dharma249
21The Book of Resolving Doubts Concerning the Semblance Dharma257
22A Heretical Chinese Buddhist Text272
23Eschatology in the Wheel of Time Tantra284
24Atisa's A Lamp for the Path to Awakening290
25The Advice to Layman Tundila302
26The Legend of the Iron Stupa314
27Two Tantric Meditations: Visualizing the Deity318
28The Story of the Horn Blowing328
29A Summary of the Seven Books of the Abhidhamma336
30On Becoming a Buddhist Wizard343
31Pure Land Buddhist Worship and Meditation in China359
32Aryadeva and Candrakirti on Self and Selfishness380
33A Modern Sermon on Merit Making399
34Saramati's Entering into the Great Vehicle402
35Auspicious Things412
36Tales of the Lotus Sutra427
37Daily Life in the Assembly455
38Deaths, Funerals, and the Division of Property in a Monastic Code473
39A Rite for Restoring the Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows503
40Awakening Stories of Zen Buddhist Women513
41The Chinese Life of Nagarjuna525
42Atisa's Journey to Sumatra532
43Bimba's Lament541
44Hagiographies of the Korean Monk Wonhyo553
45The Illustrated Biography of Ippen563
46Account of the Buddhist Thaumaturge Baozhi578
47Buddhist Chaplains in the Field of Battle586
48Death-Bed Testimonials of the Pure Land Faithful592

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