Selfless Persons

Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism

Author: Steven Collins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521397261

Category: Philosophy

Page: 323

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This book explains the Buddhist doctrine of annattá ("not-self"), which denies the existence of any self, soul, or enduring essence in man. The author relates this doctrine to its cultural and historical context, particularly to its Brahman background. He shows how the Theravada Buddhist tradition has constructed a philosophical and psychological account of personal identity on the apparently impossible basis of the denial of self. Although the emphasis of the book is firmly philosophical, Dr. Collins makes use of a number of academic disciplines, particularly those of anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and comparative religion, in an attempt to discover the "deep structure" of Buddhist culture and imagination, and to make these doctrines comprehensible in terms of the western history of ideas.
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Selfless Persons

Imagery and Thought in Theravāda Buddhism

Author: Steven Collins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780521240819

Category: Anātman

Page: 323

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This book seeks to explain carefully and sympathetically the Buddhist doctrine of anatta ('not-self'), which denies the existence of any self, soul or enduring essence in man. The author relates this doctrine to its cultural and historical context, particularly to its Brahmanical background, and shows how the Theravada Buddhist tradition has constructed a philosophical and psychological account of personal identity and continuity on the apparently impossible basis of the denial of self.
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Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities

Author: Steven Collins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521570541

Category: Religion

Page: 684

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This book presents an answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part I distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, arguing that nirvana produces closure in both, and setting nirvana in the wider category of Buddhist Felicities. Part II explores other Buddhist utopias (both eu-topias, 'good places', and ou-topias, 'no-places'), and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. The book ends with a close reading of the Vessantara Jataka, which highlights the conflict between the ascetic quest for closure and ultimate felicity, and the ongoing demands of ordinary life and society. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history and ideology in premodern civilizations, aiming to contribute to an alternate vision of Buddhist history, which can hold both the inside and the outside of texts together.
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Readings of the Vessantara Jātaka

Author: Steven Collins

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231541007

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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The Vessantara Jataka tells the story of Prince Vessantara, who attained the Perfection of Generosity by giving away his fortune, his children, and his wife. Vessantara was the penultimate rebirth as a human of the future Gotama Buddha, and his extreme charity has been represented and reinterpreted in texts, sermons, rituals, and art throughout South and Southeast Asia and beyond. This anthology features well-respected anthropologists, textual scholars in religious and Buddhist studies, and art historians, who engage in sophisticated readings of the text and its ethics of giving, understanding of attachment and nonattachment, depiction of the trickster, and unique performative qualities. They reveal the story to be as brilliantly layered as a Homeric epic or Shakespearean play, with aspects of tragedy, comedy, melodrama, and utopian fantasy intertwined to problematize and scrutinize Theravada Buddhism's cherished virtues.
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A Pali Grammar for Students

Author: Steven Collins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789749511138

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 203

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"Presents an introductory sketch of Pali using both Euroean and South Asian grammatical categories." -- Back cover.
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Self and Non-Self in Early Buddhism

Author: Joaquín Pérez-Remón

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110804166

Category: Religion

Page: 424

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Since its founding by Jacques Waardenburg in 1971, Religion and Reason has been a leading forum for contributions on theories, theoretical issues and agendas related to the phenomenon and the study of religion. Topics include (among others) category formation, comparison, ethnophilosophy, hermeneutics, methodology, myth, phenomenology, philosophy of science, scientific atheism, structuralism, and theories of religion. From time to time the series publishes volumes that map the state of the art and the history of the discipline.
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Nirvana

Concept, Imagery, Narrative

Author: Steven Collins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521881986

Category: History

Page: 197

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An introduction to the Buddhist concept of nirvana, offering its own interpretations of key texts and translations for non-specialist readers.
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Introduction to the Physical and Biological Oceanography of Shelf Seas

Author: John H. Simpson,Jonathan Sharples

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107377390

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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In this exciting and innovative textbook, two leading oceanographers bring together the fundamental physics and biology of the coastal ocean in a quantitative but accessible way for undergraduate and graduate students. Shelf sea processes are comprehensively explained from first principles using an integrated approach to oceanography that helps build a clear understanding of how shelf sea physics underpins key biological processes in these environmentally sensitive regions. Using many observational and model examples, worked problems and software tools, the authors explain the range of physical controls on primary biological production and shelf sea ecosystems. Boxes throughout the book present extra detail for each topic and non-mathematical summary points are provided for physics sections, allowing students to develop an intuitive understanding. The book is fully supported by extensive online materials, including worked solutions to end-of-chapter exercises, additional homework/exam problems with solutions and simple MATLAB and FORTRAN models for running simulations.
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Medusa's Hair

An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022618921X

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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The great pilgrimage center of southeastern Sri Lanka, Kataragama, has become in recent years the spiritual home of a new class of Hindu-Buddhist religious devotees. These ecstatic priests and priestesses invariably display long locks of matted hair, and they express their devotion to the gods through fire walking, tongue-piercing, hanging on hooks, and trance-induced prophesying. The increasing popularity of these ecstatics poses a challenge not only to orthodox Sinhala Buddhism (the official religion of Sri Lanka) but also, as Gananath Obeyesekere shows, to the traditional anthropological and psychoanalytic theories of symbolism. Focusing initially on one symbol, matted hair, Obeyesekere demonstrates that the conventional distinction between personal and cultural symbols is inadequate and naive. His detailed case studies of ecstatics show that there is always a reciprocity between the personal-psychological dimension of the symbol and its public, culturally sanctioned role. Medusa's Hair thus makes an important theoretical contribution both to the anthropology of individual experience and to the psychoanalytic understanding of culture. In its analyses of the symbolism of guilt, the adaptational and integrative significance of belief in spirits, and a host of related issues concerning possession states and religiosity, this book marks a provocative advance in psychological anthropology.
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Buddhism and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka

Author: Patrick Grant

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791493679

Category: History

Page: 146

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Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.
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Buddhist World of Southeast Asia, The

Second Edition

Author: Donald K. Swearer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438432526

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist thought and practice in the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
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Buddhism in Life

The Anthropological Study of Religion and the Sinhalese Practice of Buddhism

Author: Martin Southwold

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719009716

Category: Bouddhisme - Sri Lanka

Page: 232

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Early Buddhist Metaphysics

The Making of a Philosophical Tradition

Author: Noa Ronkin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134283121

Category: History

Page: 288

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Early Buddhist Metaphysics provides a philosophical account of the major doctrinal shift in the history of early Theravada tradition in India: the transition from the earliest stratum of Buddhist thought to the systematic and allegedly scholastic philosophy of the Pali Abhidhamma movement. Entwining comparative philosophy and Buddhology, the author probes the Abhidhamma's metaphysical transition in terms of the Aristotelian tradition and vis-à-vis modern philosophy, exploits Western philosophical literature from Plato to contemporary texts in the fields of philosophy of mind and cultural criticism.
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Discovering the City of Sodom

The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament's Most Infamous City

Author: Steven Collins,Latayne C. Scott

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451684304

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

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Follows the author's work as he searches for the Biblical city of Sodom, the archaeological evidence of its existence, and what may have taken place that wiped it off the map.
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The Buddhist Forum

Author: T. Skorupski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135751811

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya

Author: Nanamoli,Bodhi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 086171072X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1412

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This thoughtfully translated and organized volume is the cornerstone of any Buddhist library. The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha is a companion to the equally essential The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, The Long Discourses of the Buddha, and the 2005 anthology of Discourses of the Buddha. The 152 discourses of this major collection combine a rich variety of contextual settings with deep and comprehensive teachings. This volume of Wisdom's Teachings of the Buddha series has received Choice Magazine's 1995 Outstanding Academic Book Award and the Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dharma Discourse.
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