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After Buddhism

After Buddhism

Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

  • Author: Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 030021622X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 381
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Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha’s teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha’s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose long survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters. This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today’s globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha’s vision of human flourishing.

Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture

Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture

  • Author: Litian Fang
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317519094
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 234
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Since the first century, when Buddhism entered China, the foreign religion has influenced and been influenced in turn by traditional Chinese culture, and eventually became an important part of it. That is one of the great historical themes not only for China but also for East Asia. This book explores the elements of Buddhism, including its classics, doctrines, system, and rituals, to reveal the basic connotation of Buddhism as a cultural entity. Regarding the development of Buddhism in China, it traces the spread in chronological order, from the introduction in Han Dynasties (202 BC–220 AD), to the prosperity in the Sixteen Kingdoms (ca. 304–439 AD), and then to the decline since the Five Dynasties (907–ca. 960 AD). It is noteworthy that the Buddhist schools in the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420–589 AD) and the Buddhist sects in Sui and Tang Dynasties (581–907 AD) contributed to the sinicization of Buddhism. This book also deals with the interesting question of the similarities and differences between Chinese Buddhism and Indian Buddhism, to examine the specific characters of the former in terms of thought and culture. In the last chapter, the external influence of Chinese Buddhism in East Asia is studied. Scholars and students in Buddhism and Chinese culture studies, especially those in Buddhist countries, will benefit from the book. Also, it will appeal to readers interested in religion, Chinese culture, and ancient Chinese history.

Pneumatology and the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue

Pneumatology and the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue

Does the Spirit Blow through the Middle Way?

  • Author: Amos Yong
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004231242
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 322
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This project at the interface of Buddhist-Christian studies, comparative theology, and Christian systematic theology proceeds by way of exploring questions related to the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in a 21st century world of many faiths.

Basic Buddhism

Basic Buddhism

Exploring Buddhism and Zen

  • Author: Huaijin Nan
  • Publisher: Weiser Books
  • ISBN: 9781578630202
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 243
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Nan Huai Chin, a learned representative of the Chinese Buddhist tradition, explores the many different schools of Buddhism and the many stories surrounding the life of Buddha. He explains various philosophical trends in Buddhism and the aspects it hastaken on throughout Asia, Europe, and America. For a solid understanding of Buddhism, this book is clearly indispensable reading!

Secular Buddhism

Secular Buddhism

Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

  • Author: Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300227582
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 288
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An essential collection of Stephen Batchelor’s most probing and important work on secular Buddhism As the practice of mindfulness permeates mainstream Western culture, more and more people are engaging in a traditional form of Buddhist meditation. However, many of these people have little interest in the religious aspects of Buddhism, and the practice occurs within secular contexts such as hospitals, schools, and the workplace. Is it possible to recover from the Buddhist teachings a vision of human flourishing that is secular rather than religious without compromising the integrity of the tradition? Is there an ethical framework that can underpin and contextualize these practices in a rapidly changing world? In this collected volume of Stephen Batchelor’s writings on these themes, he explores the complex implications of Buddhism’s secularization. Ranging widely—from reincarnation, religious belief, and agnosticism to the role of the arts in Buddhist practice—he offers a detailed picture of contemporary Buddhism and its attempt to find a voice in the modern world.

Buddhism After Patriarchy

Buddhism After Patriarchy

A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism

  • Author: Rita M. Gross
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791414033
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 365
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This book surveys both the part women have played in Buddhism historically and what Buddhism might become in its post-patriarchal future. The author completes the Buddhist historical record by discussing women, usually absent from histories of Buddhism, and she provides the first feminist analysis of the major concepts found in Buddhist religion. Gross demonstrates that the core teachings of Buddhism promote gender equity rather than male dominance, despite the often sexist practices found in Buddhist institutions throughout history.

Buddhism in China

Buddhism in China

  • Author: Haicheng Ling
  • Publisher: 五洲传播出版社
  • ISBN: 9787508508405
  • Category: Buddhism
  • Page: 158
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Photo Album - Chinese Religions Series. Since being introduced to China, Buddhism has combined with traditional Chinese culture to form various schools, each with ethnic characteristics. Buddhism in China with these fascinating photos gives a comprehensive introduction to Buddhism and traces its evolution and development in China.

Buddhism in India

Buddhism in India

Challenging Brahmanism and Caste

  • Author: Gail Omvedt
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications India
  • ISBN: 813210370X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 316
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This book is an historical survey of Buddhism in India and shows how over a period of 2500 years, Buddhism has been engaged in a struggle against caste-hierarchy. It has challenged Brahmanism, the main exploitative system of traditional Indian society, and instead endeavoured to build religious egalitarianism. The book focuses on the question of what is the 'core' element in Buddhist Dhamma, on what role it has played in the development of Indian civilization, and the changed perspective of Buddhism in a modern industrial age. The author starts with the rise of Buddhism in the middle of the second millenium BC amidst crucial cultural and social developments. The teachings of Buddha and the different forms of Buddhism have been discussed. Here the contrast between Buddhism and Brahmanism with regard to the caste system, the origin and role of state, the approach to various social groups and the position of women is well defined. The author examines the civilizational impact of Buddhism, its connections with ancient India's leading role in trade, its spread and popularity in South and Southeast Asia, its role in fostering a dynamic and open society as against the hierarchical, village-bound, caste-defined Brahmanical social system. Then came the defeat of Buddhism in India and the reassertion of Brahmanism. For centuries Buddhism retreated to what some term as its 'underground survival'. Its relationship with the syncretist Bhakti movement has been another important aspect of the book. Finally the revival of Buddhism in the nineteenth century, the dalit-based success of the religion under Ambedkar and its future in India have been studied. The author argues that Ambedkarian Buddhism can serve as a powerful force for reconstructing society in a new and challenging millenium.

Buddhism and Buddhist Pilgrims

Buddhism and Buddhist Pilgrims

A Review of M. Stanislas Julien's "Voyages Des Pèlerins Boudhistes."

  • Author: Friedrich Max Müller
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Buddhism
  • Page: 54
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