The Foundations of Buddhism Book
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The Foundations of Buddhism

  • Author : Rupert Gethin
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1998-07-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 333
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192892232

The Foundations of Buddhism Excerpt :

In this introduction to the foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of Buddhism (Thervada, Tibetan and Eastern) which exist in the world today.

The Foundations of Buddhism Book
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From 4 Ratings

The Foundations of Buddhism

  • Author : Rupert Gethin
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 1998-07-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191606717

The Foundations of Buddhism Excerpt :

Buddhism is a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over 2,500 years, and which is now followed by around 115 million people. In this introduction to the foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of Buddhism (Thervada, Tibetan, and Eastern) which exist in the world today. From the narrative of the story of the Buddha, through discussions of aspects such as textual traditions, the framework of the Four Noble Truths, the interaction between the monastic and lay ways of life, the cosmology of karma and rebirth, and the path of the bodhisattva, this books provides a stimulating introduction to Buddhism as a religion and way of life, which will also be of interest to those who are more familiar with the subject.

Sayings of the Buddha Book

Sayings of the Buddha

  • Author : Rupert Gethin
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-10-09
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 307
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192839251

Sayings of the Buddha Excerpt :

This edition offers a new translation of a selection of the Buddha's most important sayings reflecting the full variety of material: biography of the Buddha, narrative, myth, short sayings, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life. It provides an excellent introduction to Buddhist scripture.

Mahayana Buddhism Book

Mahayana Buddhism

  • Author : Paul Williams
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2008-07-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134250578

Mahayana Buddhism Excerpt :

Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion’s diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams’ book the ideal companion to their studies.

Foundations of Buddhism Book

Foundations of Buddhism

  • Author : Helena Roerich
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017-10-24
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1946742740

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The Foundation of Buddhist Practice Book

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

  • Author : Thubten Chodron
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-05-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781614295457

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice Excerpt :

The second volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series on the stages of the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. Volume 1, Approaching the Buddhist Path, contained introductory material that set the context for Buddhist practice. This second volume, The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, contains the important teachings that will help us establish a flourishing Dharma practice. The Foundation of Buddhist Practice begins with the four seals shared by all Buddhist philosophies, and moves on to an explanation of the reliable cognition that allows us to evaluate the veracity of the Buddha’s teachings. The book provides many other essential Buddhist teachings, including: the relationship of a spiritual mentor and student, clarifying misunderstandings about this topic and showing how to properly rely on a spiritual mentor in a healthy, appropriate, and beneficial manner; how to structure a meditation session; dying and rebirth, unpacking the often difficult-to-understand topic of multiple lives and explaining how to prepare for death and aid someone who is dying; a fruitful explanation of karma and its results; and much more. His Holiness’s illumination of key Buddhist ideas will support Western and contemporary Asian students in engaging with this rich tradition.

Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness Book

Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness

  • Author : Edo Shonin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-08-27
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 365
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319185910

Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness Excerpt :

This book explores a wide range of mindfulness and meditative practices and traditions across Buddhism. It deepens contemporary understanding of mindfulness by examining its relationship with key Buddhist teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight-Fold Path. In addition, the volume explores how traditional mindfulness can be more meaningfully incorporated into current psychological research and clinical practice with individuals and groups (e.g., through the Buddhist Psychological Model). Key topics featured in this volume include: Ethics and mindfulness in Pāli Buddhism and their implications for secular mindfulness-based applications. Mindfulness of emptiness and the emptiness of mindfulness. Buddhist teachings that support the psychological principles in a mindfulness program. A practical contextualization and explanatory framework for mindfulness-based interventions. Mindfulness in an authentic, transformative, everyday Zen practice. Pristine mindfulness. Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness is an indispensable resource for clinical psychologists, and affiliated medical and mental health professionals, including specialists in complementary and alternative medicine as well as social work as well as teachers of Buddhism and meditation.

Simas Book


  • Author : Jason A. Carbine
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022-09-30
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 0824891074

Simas Excerpt :

Human-fashioned boundaries transform spaces by introducing dualisms, bifurcations, creative symbioses, contradictions, and notions of inclusion and exclusion. The Buddhist boundaries considered in this book, sīmās--a term found in South and Southeast Asian languages and later translated into East Asian languages--come in various shapes and sizes and can be established on land or in bodies of water. Sometimes, the word sīmā refers not only to a ceremonial boundary, but the space enclosed by the boundary, or even the markers (when they are used) that denote the boundary. Sīmās were established early on as places where core legal acts (kamma), including ordination, of the monastic community (sangha) took place according to their disciplinary codes. Sīmās continue to be deployed in the creation of monastic lineages and to function in diverse ways for monastics and non-monastics alike. As foundations of Buddhist religion, sīmās are used to sustain, revitalize, or reform Buddhist practices, notions of identity, and conceptualizations of time and history. In the last few decades, scholarly awareness of and expertise on sīmās has developed to a point where a volume like this one, which examines sīmās across numerous cultural contexts and scholarly fields of inquiry, is both possible and needed. Sīmā traditions expressed in the Theravāda cultures of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka constitute the dominant focus of the work; a chapter on East Asia raises questions of historical transmission beyond these areas. Throughout contributors engage texts; history; archaeology; politics; art; ecology; economics; epigraphy; legal categories; mythic narratives; understandings of the cosmos; and conceptualizations of compassion, authority, and violence. Examining sīmās through multiple perspectives allows us to look at them in their contextual specificity, in a way that allows for discernment of variation as well as consistency. Sīmā space

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

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.

The Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism Book

The Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism

  • Author : Karma-raṅ-byuṅ-kun-khyab-phrin-las (Khenpo Kalu.)
  • Publisher : Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 193
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X004803039

The Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism Excerpt :

"Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism presents the fundamental practices of this tradition in a clear and easily accessible manner. Beginning with an overview of the Buddhist path, Kalu Rinpoche goes on to explain the preliminary practices of taking refuge, prostrations, Dorje Sempa purification meditation, mandala practice, guru yoga and the guru-disciple relationship. He then discusses the vows of the lay person, the bodhisattva, and the tantric practitioner. The book closes with a explanation of meditation both with and without an object and the key points of mahamudra meditation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Opening the Hand of Thought Book
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Opening the Hand of Thought

  • Author : Kosho Uchiyama
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2005-06-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780861719778

Opening the Hand of Thought Excerpt :

For over thirty years, Opening the Hand of Thought has offered an introduction to Zen Buddhism and meditation unmatched in clarity and power. This is the revised edition of Kosho Uchiyama's singularly incisive classic. This new edition contains even more useful material: new prefaces, an index, and extended endnotes, in addition to a revised glossary. As Jisho Warner writes in her preface, Opening the Hand of Thought "goes directly to the heart of Zen practice... showing how Zen Buddhism can be a deep and life-sustaining activity." She goes on to say, "Uchiyama looks at what a person is, what a self is, how to develop a true self not separate from all things, one that can settle in peace in the midst of life." By turns humorous, philosophical, and personal, Opening the Hand of Thought is above all a great book for the Buddhist practitioner. It's a perfect follow-up for the reader who has read Zen Meditation in Plain English and is especially useful for those who have not yet encountered a Zen teacher.

Identity  Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism Book

Identity Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism

  • Author : Martin A. Mills
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-11-05
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136854675

Identity Ritual and State in Tibetan Buddhism Excerpt :

This is a major anthropological study of contemporary Tibetan Buddhist monasticism and tantric ritual in the Ladakh region of North-West India and of the role of tantric ritual in the formation and maintenance of traditional forms of state structure and political consciousness in Tibet. Containing detailed descriptions and analyses of monastic ritual, the work builds up a picture of Tibetan tantric traditions as they interact with more localised understandings of bodily identity and territorial cosmology, to produce a substantial re-interpretation of the place of monks as ritual performers and peripheral householders in Ladakh. The work also examines the central and indispensable role of incarnate lamas, such as the Dalai Lama, in the religious life of Tibetan Buddhists.

The Treasury of Knowledge  Book Seven and Book Eight  Parts One and Two Book

The Treasury of Knowledge Book Seven and Book Eight Parts One and Two

  • Author : Jamgon Kongtru Lodro Taye
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2013-01-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781559397148

The Treasury of Knowledge Book Seven and Book Eight Parts One and Two Excerpt :

Jamgön Kongtrul’s ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. Foundations of Buddhist Study and Practice comprises Book Seven and Book Eight, Parts One and Two of the Treasury of Knowledge. Book Seven elucidates the various keys needed to correctly interpret, understand, and contemplate Buddhist teachings, including the secret teachings of the Vajrayana. Parts One and Two of Book Eight explain how the teachings are to be integrated into one’s life through the practice of meditation, which unites a state of one-pointed attention with profound insight into emptiness. Jamgön Kongtrul’s evenhanded, elegant, and authoritative statement of such controversial doctrines as unqualified emptiness ("self-empty") and qualified emptiness ("other-empty"), provisional and definitive meaning, and conventional and ultimate truth as presented in the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism will appeal to both serious Dharma practitioners and advanced students and scholars.

An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics Book

An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics

  • Author : Peter Harvey
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2000-06-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 478
  • ISBN 10 : 0521556406

An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics Excerpt :

A systematic introduction to Buddhist ethics aimed at anyone interested in Buddhism.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English Book

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English

  • Author : Henepola Gunaratana
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-08-07
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781614290421

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English Excerpt :

In simple and straightforward language, Bhante Gunaratana shares the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness and how we can use these principles to improve our daily lives, deepen our mindfulness, and move closer to our spiritual goals. Based on the classic Satipatthana Sutta, one of the most succinct yet rich explanations of meditation, Bhante's presentation is nonetheless thoroughly modern. The Satipatthana Sutta has become the basis of all mindfulness meditation, and Bhante unveils it to the reader in his trademark "plain English" style. Contemplating the Four Foundations of Mindfulness--mindfulness of the body, of feelings, of the mind, and of phenomena themselves--is recommended for all practitioners. Newcomers will find The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English lays a strong groundwork for mindfulness practice and gives them all they need to get started right away, and old hands will find rich subtleties and insights to help consolidate and clarify what they may have begun to see for themselves. People at every state of the spiritual path will benefit from reading this book.