What the Buddha Taught

Author: Walpola Rahula

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802198104

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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This indispensable volume is a lucid and faithful account of the Buddha’s teachings. “For years,” says the Journal of the Buddhist Society, “the newcomer to Buddhism has lacked a simple and reliable introduction to the complexities of the subject. Dr. Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted. It is a model of what a book should be that is addressed first of all to ‘the educated and intelligent reader.’ Authoritative and clear, logical and sober, this study is as comprehensive as it is masterly.” This edition contains a selection of illustrative texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated by the author), sixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary, and index.

Poverty and the Poor in the World's Religious Traditions: Religious Responses to the Problem of Poverty

Author: William H. Brackney,Rupen Das

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440844461

Category: Religion

Page: 422

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This detailed book is a resource for students, practitioners, and leaders interested in how the major world religions have understood poverty and responded to the poor. • Addresses a topic of great importance: the intersection of religion, a universal cultural phenomenon; and the poor, a population whose demographics are on the rise globally • Fills the need for an accurate, authoritative resource on the way poverty and the poor are understood in the world's religions • Coedited by a published specialist in world religions and a recognized specialist, academic, and practitioner in international responses to poverty and emergency response in a variety of cultures

This-Worldly Nibbana

A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for Peacemaking in the Global Community

Author: Hsiao-Lan Hu

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438439342

Category: Philosophy

Page: 250

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A Buddhist feminist social ethics for contemporary times.


An Introduction

Author: Alexander Wynne

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1848853971

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Buddhism is often characterised as one of the most complex and enigmatic of all the world's religions. Although the Buddha himself was not a philosopher in the sense that that term is often understood, a Buddhist philosophy nevertheless emerged from the Buddha's teachings that was astonishingly rich, profound and elusive. Buddhism, which for six millennia has been an integral part of South and East Asian society and civilization, is now increasingly popular in the West, where its teachings about liberation of the self from the cycle of existence have proved attractive to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. In this new and comprehensive textbook, Alexander Wynne shows that the story of Buddhism as a global system of belief begins with the life of the Buddha in northern India in the fifth century BCE. He discusses the many new advances that have been made in recent years with regard to Buddhist origins, and traces the ways that formative Indian doctrines helped shape the features of later Asian Buddhism. Carefully outlining the major Buddhist traditions, Wynne examines in turn the major Mahayana traditions of China, including the Ch'an and Pure Land schools, as well as recent trends in Theravada Buddhism, especially in Sri Lanka and Thailand, and the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet. Finally, he turns to the role of Buddhism in the modern world, and explores how the western encounter with Buddhism has both affected and been affected it, especially in the fields of cognitive science and modern psychology.

Buddhist Warfare

Author: Michael Jerryson,Mark Juergensmeyer

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0195394836

Category: Philosophy

Page: 257

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This book offers eight essays examining the dark side of a tradition often regarded as the religion of peace. The authors note the conflict between the Buddhist norms of non-violence and the prohibition of the killing of sentient beings and acts of state violence supported by the Buddhist community (sangha), acts of civil violence in which monks participate, and Buddhist intersectarian violence.