A survey of buddhist thought

Tracing the development of Buddhist thought from a primarily philosophical and epistemological point of view, this wide-ranging study covers a period of more than 2,000 years, following Buddhism from its homeland, India, through its ...

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Author: Dr. Alfred R. Scheepers

Publisher: Uitgeverij Abraxas / Olive Press

ISBN: 9789079133161

Category: Philosophy

Page: 382

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Tracing the development of Buddhist thought from a primarily philosophical and epistemological point of view, this wide-ranging study covers a period of more than 2,000 years, following Buddhism from its homeland, India, through its expansion into China and Japan. The diverse historical and cultural settings of Buddhism are considered, and the significant changes and shifts in Buddhist thought are placed in context with the remarkable degree of continuity that has been maintained. Included are discussions of early Buddhist schools in India and South-East Asia, the differences between the two main branches of Buddhism, and the development of Zen philosophies in Japan.

Survey of Buddhism The Buddha s Noble Eightfold Path

This first volume of Sangharakshita's Complete Works includes two foundational texts that have inspired readers for decades in their understanding and practice of Buddhism: A Survey of Buddhism and The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.Of the ...

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Author: Sangharakshita

Publisher: Windhorse Publications

ISBN: 9781909314931

Category: Religion

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This first volume of Sangharakshita's Complete Works includes two foundational texts that have inspired readers for decades in their understanding and practice of Buddhism: A Survey of Buddhism and The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path.Of the first, the great Buddhist teacher and writer Lama Anagarika Govinda wrote, 'It would be difficult to find a single book in which the history and development of Buddhist thought has been described as vividly and clearly as in this survey.' The first chapter illuminates the doctrines and methods common to all schools and draws out the transcendental unity of Buddhism. Later chapters discuss the teachings and practices of the different schools. The concluding chapter is dedicated to the bodhisattva ideal, 'the perfectly ripened fruit of the whole vast tree of Buddhism'. Sangharakshita's beautiful prose, shot through with poetry, combines with an exceptional clarity of thought to make the Survey one of the most inspiring elucidations of the Dharma.The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path: Vision and Transformation looks at one of the best known formulations of the Buddha's teaching. We are led step by step from the mundane world to the transcendental, from wrong view to right view, and on to Perfect Vision. A practical perspective shows how we can apply the Buddha's teachings to all aspects of our lives, including the food we eat, our relationships and our work. Sangharakshita goes on to make clear the real meaning of mindfulness and meditation, thus giving the reader both a vision of the whole path and guidance in setting out upon it.This volume includes a full section of endnotes locating the teachings to the suttas and sAtras that inspired them, as well as a Foreword by Dharmachari Subhuti looking at these two texts from an inspirational and a critical perspective, and bringing out the inner connection between them.

A Survey Of Buddhist Thought

Been searching for a comprehensive work that would be both wide-ranging and yet focused on the finer epistemology of Buddhist teachings. Well folks, this book fit the bill!" - Tin Tran, 5 stars reader review Amazon.

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Author: Alfred Scheepers

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ISBN: 8120833449

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"Alfred Scheepers' overview of Buddhist thought ranging from its inception to its spread into the Far East is easily one of the most comprehensive contemporary works on the subject. And I say this despite the presence of a host of hefty tomes on the subject lying on my desk." - The Quarterly Review of Books, Bombay, June 2000. "I have been a life-long student of philosophy but still new to Buddhist thought. Been searching for a comprehensive work that would be both wide-ranging and yet focused on the finer epistemology of Buddhist teachings. Well folks, this book fit the bill!" - Tin Tran, 5 stars reader review Amazon.

A Survey of Buddhist Thought

General in its approach, yet penetrating, this book allows the reader to become acquainted with the highlights of Buddhist philosophy.

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Author: Alfred R. Scheepers

Publisher:

ISBN: 9079133159

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Page: 382

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Indian Buddhism

Major studies before and after Winternitz` work are exhaustively mentioned. As a reference work also this book is of extreme help to scholars and students alike. The work has been edited by Prof. Ramesh Mathur.

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Author: Hajime Nakamura

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 8120802721

Category: Religion

Page: 423

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This work presents a survey of Indian Buddhism with detailed bibliographical notes. Besing itself on recent studies, it is intended to introduce studies in various aspects of Indian Buddhism carried on by Japanese scholars as well as Western and Asian, especially Indian, scholars. The main text constitutes a gengeral survey of the development of Indian Buddhism, and studies by scholars past and present are mentioned in full detail in copious footnotes with due evaluations. This work can be regarded, so to speak, as a development with revisions, of the Buddhist portion of M. Winternitz` History of Indian Literature. Major studies before and after Winternitz` work are exhaustively mentioned. As a reference work also this book is of extreme help to scholars and students alike. The work has been edited by Prof. Ramesh Mathur. Contents Foreword, Preface, I. General Survey of Buddhism, II. early Buddhism: 1. The Time of the Rise of Buddhism, 2. The Life of Gotama Buddha and his Disciples, The Scriptures of Early Buddhism, Aspects of Original Buddhism, The Thought of Early Buddhism, The Practice of Early Buddhism, The Worship of Buddhas and Faith, Social Thought, III. Conservative Buddhism and Transition to Mahayana: Historical background, Philosophical Schools, Philosophical Thought, Biographies of the Buddha, The Poet Asvaghosa and his school, The Avadana Literature, IV. Mahayana Buddhism: Historical Background, Mahayana Sutras, The Philosophical Schools of Mahayana, V. Logicians: Before Dignaga, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Logicians at the Final Stage, Some Features of Indian Logic, VI. Esoteric Buddhism: the Beginning, Systematization, The Final Stage, Some Features of Esoteric Buddhism, Addenda et Corrigenda, Abbreviations and Periodicals, Index.

A Survey of Buddhism

A study of the whole field of Buddhist thought and practice. The author places the development of Buddhism in its historical context.

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Author: Sangharakshita (Bhikshu)

Publisher: Windhorse Publications

ISBN: UVA:X006007708

Category: Buddhism

Page: 525

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A study of the whole field of Buddhist thought and practice. The author places the development of Buddhism in its historical context.

South Asian Buddhism

Incorporating findings from the latest research on Buddhist texts and culture, this work provides a critical, historically based survey of South Asian Buddhism that will be useful for students, scholars, and general readers.

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Author: Stephen C. Berkwitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135689834

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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South Asian Buddhism presents a comprehensive historical survey of the full range of Buddhist traditions throughout South Asia from the beginnings of the religion up to the present. Starting with narratives on the Buddha’s life and foundational teachings from ancient India, the book proceeds to discuss the rise of Buddhist monastic organizations and texts among the early Mainstream Buddhist schools. It considers the origins and development of Mahayana Buddhism in South Asia, surveys the development of Buddhist Tantra in South Asia and outlines developments in Buddhism as found in Sri Lanka and Nepal following the decline of the religion in India. Berkwitz also importantly considers the effects of colonialism and modernity on the revivals of Buddhism across South Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. South Asian Buddhism offers a broad, yet detailed perspective on the history, culture, and thought of the various Buddhist traditions that developed in South Asia. Incorporating findings from the latest research on Buddhist texts and culture, this work provides a critical, historically based survey of South Asian Buddhism that will be useful for students, scholars, and general readers.

Buddhist Thought

This book serves as an accessible and reliable survey for students wishing to gain familiarity with the basic ideas of Buddhist philosophical and religious thought, and with some of the recent research in the field.

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Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136520877

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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This book serves as an accessible and reliable survey for students wishing to gain familiarity with the basic ideas of Buddhist philosophical and religious thought, and with some of the recent research in the field. It guides readers towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Abstract and complex ideas are made understandable by the authors' clear and engaging style. The second edition has been fully revised in light of new scholarship, in particular on Mahāyāna Buddhism and Tantric Buddhism, an often neglected and inadequately understood topic. As well as a detailed bibliography this authoritative resource now includes recommended further reading, study questions, a pronunciation guide and extensive glossary of terms, all aimed at helping students to develop their knowledge and appreciation of Buddhist thought.

A Survey of Buddhism

This is a comprehensive study of the entire field of Buddhism thought and practice, describing the development of all the major doctrines and traditions and clearly demonstrating the underlying unity of all schools of Buddhism.

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Author: Sangharakshita

Publisher: Windhorse Publications

ISBN: 0904766934

Category: Philosophy

Page: 538

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This is a comprehensive study of the entire field of Buddhism thought and practice, describing the development of all the major doctrines and traditions and clearly demonstrating the underlying unity of all schools of Buddhism.

The Buddhist Tradition

This book, compiled from basic Buddhist writings, presents a survey of Buddhist thought in India, China, and Japan, covering the central doctrines and practices that has profoundly influenced human life in Asia.

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Author: William Theodore de Bary

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307778796

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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This book, compiled from basic Buddhist writings, presents a survey of Buddhist thought in India, China, and Japan, covering the central doctrines and practices that has profoundly influenced human life in Asia. Developments in practical ethics, social attitudes, philosophical speculation, and religious and aesthetic contemplation are represented by selected excerpts from basic writings with succinct introductions and commentary. From these one may observe not only the remarkable vitality of Buddhism in its spread through Asia, but also the essential links between widely diverse forms, showing how the spiritual message of the Buddha found expression in different historical and cultural circumstances. Thus both its continuity in time and its wide range of influence mark Buddhism as a major spiritual force in the world. Buddha, as the Awakened One, has exemplified to millions of followers throughout the ages a living Truth, a dynamic wisdom and an active compassion. It is these qualities that have inspired hop and courage in men who were asked to face to the stark reality of man's condition: the inevitable involvement in suffering which arises from his persistent egoism and refusal to recognize his finitude.

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy

The volume will expand readers’ understanding of the breadth and diversity of Buddhist thought, with many of the chapters written from a comparative perspective.

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Author: Steven M. Emmanuel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119144663

Category: Philosophy

Page: 608

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A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject available; it offers the very latest scholarship to create a wide-ranging survey of the most important ideas, problems, and debates in the history of Buddhist philosophy. Encompasses the broadest treatment of Buddhist philosophy available, covering social and political thought, meditation, ecology and contemporary issues and applications Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands readers understanding of the breadth and diversity of Buddhist thought Broad coverage of topics allows flexibility to instructors in creating a syllabus Essays provide valuable alternative philosophical perspectives on topics to those available in Western traditions

Structural Depths of Indian Thought

2See P. V. Bapat : 2500 Years of Buddhism ; Bhikṣu Sangharakṣita : A Survey of Buddhism ; E. J. Thomas : A History of Buddhist Thought ; Yamakami Sogen : Systems of Buddhist Thought ; C. N. E. Elliot : Hinduism and Buddhism ; and for a ...

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Author: P. T. Raju

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0887061397

Category: Philosophy

Page: 599

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"No other work treating Indian philosophy on a comparable scale contains the illuminating comparisons between doctrines of Indian schools and the thought of Western philosophy ranging from Plato to Sartre and Wittgenstein...It will, moreover, contribute to the understanding of Western philosophy by Indian thinkers and vice versa...Raju has an intimate acquaintance with a remarkable range of Western thinkers and this distinguishes his work from most of what has gone before...Raju, moreover, is himself a critical thinker and consequently, although he has written a history, he treats the ideas and doctrines in a philosophical mode and his assessments of positions are often original and illuminating." -- John E. Smith, Clark Professor of Philosophy, Yale University "Purpose: To deal with Indian philosophy in a fashion reflecting the way the best German historians of philosophy deal with Western philosophy...The book is remarkable for its comprehensiveness in combination with extensive critical discussions...Raju's book...is more critical than Radhakrishnan's and more philosophical than Dasgupta's. Radhakrishnan's comments are far less philosophically sophisticated and interesting than Raju's....a monument to a senior Indian philosopher's lifelong study and thoughtful critical consideration of the great classical systems of his tradition." -- Karl H. Potter, Professor of Philosophy, University of Washington "Raju's credentials are impeccable. He is one of the few scholars in the world who could presume to write a major work on Indian thought. Accordingly, his knowledge of the Indian schools is accurate and impressive. To the extent that one of his intentions is to cast those schools in terms which make them more intelligible to western readers, his work measures up very well." -- Harold H. Oliver, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University

Buddhist Moral Philosophy

The first book of its kind, Buddhist Moral Philosophy: An Introduction introduces the reader to contemporary philosophical interpretations and analyses of Buddhist ethics.

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Author: Christopher W. Gowans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317659341

Category: Philosophy

Page: 334

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The first book of its kind, Buddhist Moral Philosophy: An Introduction introduces the reader to contemporary philosophical interpretations and analyses of Buddhist ethics. It begins with a survey of traditional Buddhist ethical thought and practice, mainly in the Pali Canon and early Mahāyāna schools, and an account of the emergence of Buddhist moral philosophy as a distinct discipline in the modern world. It then examines recent debates about karma, rebirth and nirvana, well-being, normative ethics, moral objectivity, moral psychology, and the issue of freedom, responsibility and determinism. The book also introduces the reader to philosophical discussions of topics in socially engaged Buddhism such as human rights, war and peace, and environmental ethics.

An Orientation in Indian Philosophy

Examining the relationship of social organization, religion, and philosophy, this treatise on Indian philosophy considers the cultural roots of the Indian worldview and the development of Brahmanism, Jainism, Buddhism, and the philosophy of ...

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Author: Alfred Scheepers

Publisher: Olive Press (NZL)

ISBN: PSU:000058254752

Category: Philosophy

Page: 105

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Examining the relationship of social organization, religion, and philosophy, this treatise on Indian philosophy considers the cultural roots of the Indian worldview and the development of Brahmanism, Jainism, Buddhism, and the philosophy of Yoga.

Buddhism

With a great clarity and from a scientific point of view, the author presents a readable survey of the whole range of Buddhist thought.

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Author: Arthur Waley

Publisher:

ISBN: 0806530979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 228

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A Survey Of The Range Of Buddhist Thought From A Scientific Point Of View.

Buddhist Thought in India

afterthought a few words must then (ch. 6) be said about the four virtues of friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy and impartiality, which to some extent stand outside the other Buddhist methods of achieving salvation. Finally (ch.

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Author: Edward Conze

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134542314

Category: Reference

Page: 302

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Originally published in 1962. This book discusses and interprets the main themes of Buddhist thought in India and is divided into three parts: Archaic Buddhism: Tacit assumptions, the problem of "original Buddhism", the three marks and the perverted views, the five cardinal virtues, the cultivation of the social emotions, Dharma and dharmas, Skandhas, sense-fields and elements. The Sthaviras: the eighteen schools, doctrinal disputes, the unconditioned and the process of salvation, some Abhidharma problems. The Mahayana: doctrines common to all Mahayanists, the Madhyamikas, the Yogacarins, Buddhist logic, the Tantras.

Buddhist Thought

Matsunaga, Y. (1977) 'A history of Tantric Buddhism in India with reference to Chinese translations', in L. Kawamura and K. Scott (eds) Buddhist Thought and Indian Civilization: Essays in Honour of Herbert V. Guenther on his 60th ...

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Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134623259

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Buddhist Thought guides the reader towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha, to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Abstract and complex ideas are made understandable by the authors' lucid style. Of particular interest is the up-to-date survey of Buddhist Tantra in India, a branch of Buddhism where strictly controlled sexual activity can play a part in the religious path. Williams' discussion of this controversial practice as well as of many other subjects makes Buddhist Thought crucial reading for all interested in Buddhism.

Ultimate Realities

Besides providing historical background and a systematic survey of Buddhist doctrine , the author also attempts to use Buddhist thought as a means to introduce important aspects of the study of philosophy , often through critical ...

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Author: Robert C. Neville

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791447758

Category: Religion

Page: 363

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Explores ultimate realities in a range of world religions and discusses the issue and philosophical implications of comparison itself.