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Title Buddhist Literature as Philosophy Buddhist Philosophy as Literature
Author Rafal K. Stepien
Publisher State University of New York Press
Release 2020-11-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 455
ISBN 1438480725
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts. Can literature reveal reality? Is philosophical truth a literary artifice? How does the way we think affect what we can know? Buddhism has been grappling with these questions for centuries, and this book attempts to answer them by exploring the relationship between literature and philosophy across the classical and contemporary Buddhist worlds of India, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and North America. Written by leading scholars, the book examines literary texts composed over two millennia, ranging in form from lyric verse, narrative poetry, panegyric, hymn, and koan, to novel, hagiography, (secret) autobiography, autofiction, treatise, and sutra, all in sustained conversation with topics in metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophies of mind, language, literature, and religion. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, this book deliberately works across and against the boundaries separating three mainstays of humanistic pursuit—literature, philosophy, and religion—by focusing on the multiple relationships at play between content and form in works drawn from a truly diverse range of philosophical schools, literary genres, religious cultures, and historical eras. Overall, the book calls into question the very ways in which we do philosophy, study literature, and think about religious texts. It shows that Buddhist thought provides sophisticated responses to some of the perennial problems regarding how we find, create, and apply meaning—on the page, in the mind, and throughout our lives. Rafal K. Stepien is Assistant Professor in Comparative Religion at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

World of the Buddha by Lucien Stryk

Title World of the Buddha
Author Lucien Stryk
Publisher Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release 2007-12-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 480
ISBN 0802198252
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Selections from the most significant texts in the body of Buddhist literature. For readers who want a deeper understanding of Buddhism, this is a rich, varied, and comprehensive collection in one volume. It includes the most significant texts from the vast body of Buddhist literature, and includes translations from Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Lao. For the benefit of the newcomer to Buddhism—or for those using it in an academic context—the pieces are arranged in chronological order, and each chapter is preceded by a separate commentary. In addition, there is a comprehensive description of life in India at the time of the Buddha and an outline of his life and mission. “The best available translations.” —Library Journal

Title Glimpses of Buddhist Literature Philosophy and Thought
Author
Publisher Low Price Publications
Release 2008
Category Buddhism
Total Pages 297
ISBN 9788188629497
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Buddha was highly benevolent and merciful. He wanted all suffering-beings to share his experiences and to strive to get freedom from the sufferings of mundane life. For this he wandered from one place to another disseminating his experiences. But he himself did not write anything. His disciples who accompanied him might have noted the details of his teachings. It seems that after his MahÈparinirvÈ?a, his disciples codified his teachings in the form of Tripitakas. However, the teachings were understood and interpreted differently by different scholars who reflected on the teachings of the Buddha. So, different scholars of Buddhism came into existence. Not only Buddhism branched-off into several sects and sub-sects in India, such divisions took place in every country where Buddhism went. We have thus many sects and sub-sects of Buddhism in Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other Buddhist countries. The differences are only in details and the basic Buddhistic principles and practices are common to all the divisions and sub-divisions. It is natural also that no two minds may think alike or express alike. The truth may be the same but descriptions may be many. This apart, there can be alternative approaches from different standpoints and objectives. Thus, Buddhism is varied and multi-hued. This multiplicity has provided richness to Buddhist thought and culture. Though the early history of Buddhism is shrouded in mystery and mythology we have accounts of Buddhism as it originated and developed in India and also outside India.

Library of Congress Subject Headings by Library of Congress

Title Library of Congress Subject Headings
Author Library of Congress
Publisher
Release 2011
Category Subject headings, Library of Congress
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Title Readings of ntideva s Guide to Bodhisattva Practice
Author Jonathan C. Gold
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release 2019-08-06
Category Religion
Total Pages 321
ISBN 0231549903
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Śāntideva’s eighth-century work, the Guide to Bodhisattva Practice (Bodhicaryāvatāra), is known for its eminently practical instructions and its psychologically vivid articulations of the Mahāyāna path. It is a powerful, succinct poem into which are woven diverse Buddhist traditions of moral transformation, meditative cultivation, and philosophical insight. Since its composition, it has seen continuous use as a ritual, contemplative, and philosophical manual, making it one of the crucial texts of the Buddhist ethical and philosophical tradition. This book serves as a companion to this Indian Buddhist classic. The fifteen essays contained here illuminate the Guide’s many philosophical, literary, ritual, and ethical dimensions. Distinguished scholars discuss the historical significance of the text as an innovative piece of Indian literature, illuminate the important roles it played in shaping Buddhism in Tibet, and bring to light its contemporary significance for philosophy and psychology. Whether experienced or first-time students of Buddhist literature, readers will find compelling new approaches to this resonant masterpiece.

Uygur Buddhist Literature by Johan Elverskog

Title Uygur Buddhist Literature
Author Johan Elverskog
Publisher Brepols Pub
Release 1997
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 154
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This first volume of the Silk Roads Studies is a reference manual of the published Uygur Buddhist literature. Uygur Buddhist Literature creates a complete inventory of the published Uygur Buddhist texts along with a bibliography of the pertinent scholarlyliterature. The work includes an introduction that outlines the history of the discovery of the Uygur Buddhist Literature and a short history of the Buddhist Uygurs and their translation activities. The survey of the literature itself is divided into six sections: (1) Non-Mahayana Texts, including Sutra, Vinaya, Abhidarma, Biographies of the Buddha (including Jatakas) and Avadana; (2) Mahayana Sutras; (3) Commentaries; (4) Chinese Apocrypha; (5) Tantric Texts (6) Other Buddhist Works. Included under each title of a text is a brief synopsis of the text and an explanation of the Uygur manuscript, including where known: origin of translation, the translator and the place of translation, the place it was found, and any other interesting points. After this brief survey of the manuscript, the signature of the manuscript with references to the editions of the text is provided as well as additional references to the secondary literature. The survey concludes with an index to titles, translators, scribes and sponsors. This manual is an essential tool not only for specialists in the field of Altaic, especially Turcological or Monogolian, Iranological, Sinological or Buddhological Studies, but is also written for a larger public of students interested in Asian religions and cultural history in general. This book provides in a systematic and exhaustive way the most recent information on the places where the documents are kept, a synopsis of the text, editions and secondary literature.

Library of Congress Subject Headings by Library of Congress. Cataloging Policy and Support Office

Title Library of Congress Subject Headings
Author Library of Congress. Cataloging Policy and Support Office
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Release 2006
Category Subject headings, Library of Congress
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Studies in Abhidharma Literature and the Origins of Buddhist Philosophical Systems
Author Erich Frauwallner
Publisher SUNY Press
Release 1995-01-01
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 247
ISBN 9780791427002
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is a translation of Frauwallner's Abhidharmastudien. It analyzes the literary traditions, doctrinal tendencies, and structural methods of the Buddhist Abhidarma canon in order to expose the beginnings of systematic philosophical thought in Buddhism. Frauwallner's insights illuminate the path of meditation toward liberation, the development of Buddhist psychology, and the evolution of the Buddhist view of causality and the problem of time. He provides a clear explanation of the gradual development of Buddhist thought from its early doctrinal beginning to some of the most complex and remarkable philosophical edifices in history.

Buddhism and Linguistics by Manel Herat

Title Buddhism and Linguistics
Author Manel Herat
Publisher Springer
Release 2017-11-11
Category Foreign Language Study
Total Pages 191
ISBN 3319674137
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This edited collection brings linguistics into contact with a millennia of works by Buddhist scholars. Examining the Buddhist contemplative tradition and its extensive writings from an interdisciplinary perspective, the authors bridge the gap between such customs and human language. To do so, they provide chapters on linguistics, history, religious studies, philosophy and semiotics. Uniting scholars from three different continents and from many disciplines and institutions, this innovative and unique book is sure to appeal to anyone interested in Buddhist traditions and linguistics.