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Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners / Edition 1

Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners / Edition 1

by Todd Lewis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470658185
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/16/2014
Series: Lived Religions Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Todd Lewis is Professor in the Religious Studies Department at The College of the Holy Cross. He is one of the world's leading authorities on the social history of Buddhism. His most recent book, Sugata Saurabha: A Poem on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya of Nepal, was awarded the Toshide Numata Book Prize for the best book in Buddhist Studies in 2010 and the Khyentse Foundation Award in 2012, for the best translation of a Buddhist text. In 2011, Professor Lewis was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1
Todd Lewis

Part I Buddhists in the Earliest andMedieval Eras 11

1 The Female Householder Mallika 13
Kristin Scheible

2 Bhadda Kundalakesa:The Ex-Jain 21
Alice Collett

3 Two Noted Householders of the Buddha’s Time: UpasikaVishakha and Upasaka Anathapindika 29
Todd Lewis

4 Nagarjuna:TheGreatPhilosopher 39
Joseph Walser

5 WhoIsUncleDonpa? 52
David J. Cooper

6 Ma-chig Lab-dron: Mother of Tibetan Buddhist Chod 62
Michelle J. Sorensen

Part II Buddhist Lives in theWest 71

7 I.B. Horner and the Twentieth-Century Development of Buddhismin theWest 73
Grace G. Burford

8 Takyu: A Young Buddhist Nun at a Ch’an Temple in theEnglish Midlands 80
George D. Chryssides

9 Refuge and Reconnection: One LaoWoman’s Story 87
Stewart Jobrack

10 Conversion, Devotion, and (Trans-)Mission: Understanding OleNydahl 96
Burkhard Scherer

11 Noah Levine: Punk Rocker and Buddhist Meditation Teacher107
Brooke Schedneck

12 Legendary Beat Poet: Allen Ginsberg 115
Tony Trigilio

13 Dr. Stephen John Fulder: Founder of Vipassana in Israel124
Joseph Loss

14 Amala Sensei: Zen Priest 133
Sally McAra

Part III Buddhist Lives in South and Southeast Asia145

15 Pawinee Bunkhun:The Life of a Thai Buddhist Upasika 147
Rachelle M. Scott

16 Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma 157
Bradley S. Clough

17 Corporal Monk: Venerable Sudinna’s Journey from the SriLankan Army to the Buddhist Sangha 165
DanielW. Kent

18 The Lure of Renunciation and theWays of theWorld: MaechiiWabiofThailand 172
Sid Brown

19 Becoming aTheravada Modernist Buddhist in Contemporary Nepal179
Lauren Leve

Part IV Buddhist Lives in the Himalayan Region 191

20 Tenpe Gyaltsen: The Fifth Jamyang Zhepa 193
Paul K. Nietupski

21 A Female Tibetan Buddhist Diviner in Darjeeling 201
Tanya M. Zivkovic

22 Tsultrim Zangmo: A Twenty-First-Century Tibetan BuddhistWomanin South Asia 209
TsultrimZangmo andMichelle J. Sorensen

23 Bakula Arhat’s Journeys to the North: The Life andWorkof the 19th Kushok Bakula in Russia and Mongolia 218
Vesna A. Wallace

24 Hunger, HardWork, and Uncertainty: Tashi Dondrup Reminisceson Life and Death in a Tibetan Village 228
Geoff Childs

25 Benefiting the Doctrine and Sentient Beings: The Life of aTibetan Lineage Master and the Ethos of Altruistic Action 236
Nicolas Sihlé

26 Living Practical Dharma: Chomo Khandru and the Himalayan BonTradition 246
Sara Shneiderman

27 Excavating the Stories of Border-CrossingWomen Masters inModern Buddhism: The Oral Biography of Pelling AniWangdzin and HerFamily 257
Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

Part V Buddhist Lives in East Asia 265

28 The Life of a Contemporary Japanese Buddhist Priest:Protecting the Dharma and Ensuring Its Flowwith All ofOne’sStrength 267
Naoyuki Ogi

29 Toshihide Numata: Igniting the Flame of the Dharma 274
Naoyuki Ogi

30 Seno’o Giro:The Life and Thought of a Radical Buddhist280
James Mark Shields

31 Building a Culture of Social Engagement: Nichiren Buddhismand Soka Gakkai Buddhists in Japan 289
Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen

32 Blood and Teardrops:The Life and Travels of Venerable Fazun296
Brenton Sullivan

33 A Modern Chinese Laywoman: Dumplings, Dharani, and Dedication–Honest Auntie Li Tries to Be a Good Buddhist 305
Alison Denton Jones

Index 317

For an alternative table of contents that, for the purposes ofteaching, arranges the biographies into the various schools ofBuddhism, please go to

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From the Publisher

“This volume invites readers to understand what it canmean to be Buddhist in manifold ways.  Rather than approachingBuddhism as an abstract entity by means of investigating ideas andpractices that form a coherent and fixed system, these humanisticaccounts enable one to situate and to comprehend various ways inwhich people have actually LIVED and thereby impacted Buddhisttradition.  One comes away from reading this book with aknowledge of how Buddhism is a force that is fluid, diverse, anddistinctive in its countless iterations.”
John Holt, Bowdoin College

“I know of no other book in Buddhists Studies quite likethis, and it should make fascinating reading for those who reallywant to understand what makes Buddhists and Buddhism‘tick’, not as a collection of abstract ideas but as anactual lived way of being in the world and looking forward to theworld(s) to come. Great stuff - this book is highlyrecommended!”
Paul Williams, University of Bristol, and author ofMahâyâna Buddhism: The doctrinal foundations(Routledge)

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