Buddhism and Waste Book

Buddhism and Waste


  • Author : Trine Brox
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2022-01-13
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350195554

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Buddhism and Waste Excerpt :

In what ways do Buddhists recognize, define, and sort waste from non-waste? What happens to Buddhist-related waste? How do new practices of Buddhist consumption result in new forms of waste and consequently new ways of dealing with waste? This book explores these questions in a close examination of a religion that is often portrayed as anti-materialist and non-economic. It provides insight into the complexity of Buddhist consumption, conceptions of waste, and waste care. Examples include scripture that has been torn and cannot be read, or an amulet that has disintegrated, as well as garbage left behind on a pilgrimage, or the offerings of food and prayer scarves that create ecological contamination. Chapters cover mass-production and over-consumption, the wastefulness of consumerism, the by-products of Buddhist practices like rituals and festivals, and the impact of increased Buddhist consumption on religious practices and social relations. The book also looks at waste in terms of what is discarded, exploring issues of when and why particular objects and practices are sorted and handled as sacred and disposable. Contributors address how sacred materiality is destined to wear and decay, as well as ideas about redistribution, regeneration or recycling, and the idea of waste as afterlife.

Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia Book

Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia


  • Author : Fabio Rambelli
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2012-11-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 247
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441145093

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Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia Excerpt :

A study of Buddhism and iconoclasm in East Asia as part of a general theory of religious destruction.

Concise History of Buddhism Book

Concise History of Buddhism


  • Author : Andrew Skilton
  • Publisher : Windhorse Publications
  • Release Date : 2013-06-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781909314122

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Concise History of Buddhism Excerpt :

An ideal introduction to the history of Buddhism. Andrew Skilton - a writer on and practitioner of Buddhism - explains the development of the basic concepts of Buddhism during its 2,500 years of history and describes its varied developments in India, Buddhism's homeland, as well as its spread across Asia, from Mongolia to Sri Lanka and from Japan to the Middle East. A fascinating insight into the historical progress of one of the world's great religions.

An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism Book

An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism


  • Author : Paul Fuller
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-08-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350129092

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An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism Excerpt :

This textbook introduces and explores the ideas, practices and philosophy of engaged Buddhism. The movement holds that suffering is not just caused by the cravings of the mind, but also by political and social factors; therefore, engaged Buddhists 'engage' with social issues to achieve liberation. Paul Fuller outlines the movement's origins and principles. He then offers a comprehensive analysis of the central themes and issues of engaged Buddhism, offering new insights into the formation of modern Buddhism. The range of issues covered includes politics, gender, environmentalism, identity, blasphemy and violence. These are illustrated by case studies and examples from a range of locations where Buddhism is practised. Discussion points and suggested further reading are provided at the end of each chapter, which will further enrich undergraduates' grasp of the topic.

Methods in Buddhist Studies Book

Methods in Buddhist Studies


  • Author : Scott A. Mitchell
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-06-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350046887

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Methods in Buddhist Studies Excerpt :

Both a demonstration of and critical self-reflection on method, this book explores how methodologies shape our understanding of the diversity of Buddhist traditions in the past and the present. International contributors from the West and Asia explore case studies and reflect on methods in the study of Buddhism, united in their debt to Richard K. Payne, the influential Buddhist studies scholar. Methods in Buddhist Studies features new translations of Buddhist works as well as ethnographic studies on contemporary Buddhism in the United States and China. Topics discussed include Buddhist practices in relation to food, material culture, and imperial rituals; the development of modern Buddhist universities; the construction of the canon from the perspective of history, textual analysis, and ritual studies; and the ethical obligations of scholars toward the subject of Buddhism itself. Chapters are drawn from Payne's students and his colleagues, demonstrating the breadth of his intellectual interests. Payne's scholarship has left a remarkable impact on the field, making this volume essential reading for students and scholars of contemporary Buddhism and Buddhist studies.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha Book
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Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha


  • Author : Daniel Ingram
  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Release Date : 2020-01-20
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 616
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780498157

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Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha Excerpt :

The very idea that the teachings can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles. Even so, Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in self-absorbed mind-noise. Ingram sets out concisely the difference between concentration-based and insight (vipassana) meditation; he provides example practices; and most importantly he presents detailed maps of the states of mind we are likely to encounter, and the stages we must negotiate as we move through clearly-defined cycles of insight. Its easy to feel overawed, at first, by Ingram's assurance and ease in the higher levels of consciousness, but consistently he writes as a down-to-earth and compassionate guide, and to the practitioner willing to commit themselves this is a glittering gift of a book.In this new edition of the bestselling book, the author rearranges, revises and expands upon the original material, as well as adding new sections that bring further clarity to his ideas.

Monks  Money  and Morality Book

Monks Money and Morality


  • Author : Christoph Brumann
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-04-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350213784

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Monks Money and Morality Excerpt :

Vibrantly engaging contemporary Buddhist lives, this book focuses on the material and financial relations of contemporary monks, temples, and laypeople. It shows that rather than being peripheral, economic exchanges are key to religious debate in Buddhist societies. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in countries ranging from India to Japan, including all three major Buddhist traditions, the book addresses the flows of goods and services between clergy and laity, the management of resources, the treatment of money, and the role of the state in temple economies. Along with documenting ritual and economic practices, these accounts deal with the moral challenges that Buddhist adherents are facing today, thereby bringing lived experience to the study of an often-romanticized religion.

Buddhism in the Global Eye Book

Buddhism in the Global Eye


  • Author : John S. Harding
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-03-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350140646

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Buddhism in the Global Eye Excerpt :

Buddhism in the Global Eye focuses on the importance of a global context and transnational connections for understanding Buddhist modernizing movements. It also explores how Asian agency has been central to the development of modern Buddhism, and provides theoretical reflections that seek to overcome misleading East-West binaries. Using case studies from China, Japan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Canada, and the USA, the book introduces new research that reveals the permeable nature of certain categories, such as "modern", "global", and "contemporary" Buddhism. In the book, contributors recognize the multiple nodes of intra-Asian and global influence. For example, monks travelled among Asian countries creating networks of information and influence, mutually stimulating each other's modernization movements. The studies demonstrate that in modernization movements, Asian reformers mobilized all available cultural resources both to adapt local forms of Buddhism to a new global context and to shape new foreign concepts to local Asian forms.

Yasodhara and the Buddha Book

Yasodhara and the Buddha


  • Author : Vanessa R. Sasson
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-12-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350163171

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Yasodhara and the Buddha Excerpt :

By combining the spirit of fiction with the fabulism of Indian mythology and in-depth academic research, Vanessa R. Sasson shares the evocative story of the Buddha from the perspective of a forgotten woman: Yasodhara, the Buddha's wife. Although often marginalized, Yasodhara's narrative here comes to life. Written with a strong feminist voice, we encounter Yasodhara as a fiercely independent, passionate and resilient individual. We witness her joys and sorrows, her expectations and frustrations, her fairy-tale wedding, and her overwhelming devastation at the departure of her beloved. It is through her eyes that we witness Siddhattha's slow transformation, from a sheltered prince to a deeply sensitive young man. On the way, we see how the gods watch over the future Buddha from the clouds, how the king and his ministers try to keep the suffering of the world from him and how he eventually renounces the throne, his wife and newly-born son to seek enlightenment. Along with a foreword from Wendy Doniger, the book includes a scholarly introduction to Yasodhara's narrative and offers extensive notes along with study questions, to help readers navigate the traditional literature in a new way, making this an essential book for anyone wanting to learn about Buddhist narratives.

A Critique of Western Buddhism Book

A Critique of Western Buddhism


  • Author : Glenn Wallis
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-09-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474283564

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A Critique of Western Buddhism Excerpt :

What are we to make of Western Buddhism? Glenn Wallis argues that in aligning their tradition with the contemporary wellness industry, Western Buddhists evade the consequences of Buddhist thought. This book shows that with concepts such as vanishing, nihility, extinction, contingency, and no-self, Buddhism, like all potent systems of thought, articulates a notion of the “real.” Raw, unflinching acceptance of this real is held by Buddhism to be at the very core of human “awakening.” Yet these preeminent human truths are universally against in contemporary Buddhist practice, contravening the very heart of Buddhism. The author's critique of Western Buddhism is threefold. It is immanent, in emerging out of Buddhist thought but taking it beyond what it itself publicly concedes; negative, in employing the “democratizing” deconstructive methods of François Laruelle's non-philosophy; and re-descriptive, in applying Laruelle's concept of philofiction. Through applying resources of Continental philosophy to Western Buddhism, A Critique of Western Buddhism suggests a possible practice for our time, an "anthropotechnic", or religion transposed from its seductive, but misguiding, idealist haven.

Pruning the Bodhi Tree Book

Pruning the Bodhi Tree


  • Author : Jamie Hubbard
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release Date : 1997-07-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 0824819497

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What is Buddhism? According to Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shiro, the answer lies in neither Ch’an nor Zen; in neither the Kyoto school of philosophy nor the non-duality taught in the Vimalakirti Sutra. Hakamaya contends that “criticism alone is Buddhism.” This volume introduces and analyzes the ideas of “critical Buddhism” in relation to the targets of its critique and situates those ideas in the context of current discussions of postmodern academic scholarship, the separation of the disinterested scholar and committed religious practitioner, and the place of social activism within the academy. Essays critical of the received traditions of Buddhist thought—many never before translated—are presented and then countered by the work of respected scholars, both Japanese and Western, who take contrary positions.

Zero Waste Home Book
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Zero Waste Home


  • Author : Bea Johnson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-04-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451697681

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Zero Waste Home Excerpt :

Part inspirational story of how the author transformed her family's life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing 1 liter per year; part practical guide that gives readers tools & tips to diminish their footprint & simplify their lives. Original.

Taixu   s    On the Establishment of the Pure Land in the Human Realm    Book

Taixu s On the Establishment of the Pure Land in the Human Realm


  • Author : Charles B. Jones
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-01-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350144279

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Taixu s On the Establishment of the Pure Land in the Human Realm Excerpt :

In this book, Charles B. Jones provides the first English language translation of one of the most important texts of modern Chinese Buddhism: monk-reformer Taixu's 'On the Establishment of the Pure Land in the Human Realm'. The essay, written in 1926 as part of Taixu's attempt to revive Chinese Buddhism with a Humanistic Buddhist approach, incorporates Western thought into a reconstruction of the idea of the 'Pure Land in the human realm'. In his commentary on the text, Jones argues that it has been widely misunderstood and mischaracterized. Jones demonstrates that, besides laying out the very modern idea of the Pure Land in the human realm as a slogan for Buddhist engagement with the problems of the modern world, the essay does not, as commonly assumed, discourage practices leading to rebirth in the Pure Land. He also shows that the 'human realm' can mean anywhere in Buddhist cosmology that humans reside, and that the essay's attempts to reconcile Buddhism with modern science is tentative and incomplete. Jones reveals that the essay promotes visions of both paradises and utopias, and that Taixu supports his ideas with many lengthy sutra quotations. The book concludes with an examination of how Taixu's followers developed the idea of the Pure Land in the human realm into a more coherent and modernized ideal.

Buddhist Boot Camp Book
Score: 2
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Buddhist Boot Camp


  • Author : Timber Hawkeye
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-02-19
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062267450

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Buddhist Boot Camp Excerpt :

Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation’s short attention span. The chapters in this small book can be read in any order, and are simple and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to find this book motivational. As the Dalai Lama says, “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” Whether it’s Mother Teresa’s acts of charity, Gandhi’s perseverance, or your aunt Betty’s calm demeanor, it doesn’t matter who inspires you, so long as you’re motivated to be better today than you were yesterday. Regardless or religion or geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, flexibility, or vulnerability, if you do good, you feel good, and if you do bad, you feel bad. If you agree that Buddhism isn’t just about meditating, but also about rolling up your sleeves and relieving some of the suffering in the world, then you are ready to be a soldier of peace in the army of love; welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!

Buddhism for Mothers Book
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Buddhism for Mothers


  • Author : Sarah Napthali
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2010-06
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN 10 : 9781458780232

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Buddhism for Mothers Excerpt :

Become a calmer and happier mother with Buddhism for Mothers. 'This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother. ' Vicki Mackenzie, author of the bestselling Why Buddhism Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. This book is different. It is a book for mothers. Buddhism for Mothers explores the potential to be with your children in the all-important present moment; to gain the most joy out of being with them. How can this be done calmly and with a minimum of anger, worry and negative thinking? How can mothers negotiate the changed conditions of their relationships with partners, family and even with friends? Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood. Ways that also allow space for the deeper reflections about who we are and what makes us happy. By acknowledging the sorrows as well as the joys of mothering Buddhism for Mothers can help you shift your perspective so that your mind actually helps you through your day rather than dragging you down. This is Buddhism at its most accessible, applied to the daily realities of ordinary parents. Even if exploring Buddhism at this busy stage of your life is not where you thought you'd be, it's well worthwhile reading this book. It can make a difference.