Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience

Paperback | November 13, 2013

byDonald W. Mitchell, Sarah H. Jacoby

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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Third Edition, focuses on the depth of Buddhist experiences as expressed in the teachings and practices of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a more global and inclusive approach than any other introductory text, the book spansmore than 2,500 years, offering chapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan; and the globalization of Buddhism with a focus on the United States. The volume is enhanced by substantial selections of primary text material, numerous boxed personal narratives by respected Buddhists and scholars, maps and photos, and six essays on cultural experiences of Buddhism around the world today.

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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Third Edition, focuses on the depth of Buddhist experiences as expressed in the teachings and practices of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a more global and inclusive approach than any other introductory text, the book spansmore than 2,500 years, offering chapters on Bud...

Donald W. Mitchell is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He is the author of The Gethsemani Encounter: A Dialogue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics (1997). Sarah H. Jacoby is Assistant Professor of Religion at Northwestern University. She is the coeditor of Buddhism Beyond the Monastery: Tantric Pract...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Boxes, Figures, MapsPrefacePronunciation GuideIntroduction1. The Life of Gautama BuddhaThe Early Life of Siddhartha Gautama- Birth- Youth- The Four SightsThe Great Renunciation- Spiritual Teachers- AsceticismThe Awakening of the Buddha- Enlightenment- NirvanaThe Mission of the Buddha- The Three Refuges- Important Conversions- Monasticism- Social Concern- Women's Ordination- The Rebellion of DevadattaThe Last Days of Gautama Buddha2. The Teachings of the BuddhaThe Three Characteristics- Impermanence- Dissatisfactoriness- No-SelfThe Five AggregatesDependent ArisingKarma and Rebirth- Buddhist Cosmology- The Wheel of LifeThe Four Noble Truths- The Middle Way- The First Noble Truth: Life Is Duhkha- The Second Noble Truth: The Cause of Duhkha- The Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of Duhkha- The Fourth Noble Truth: The Eightfold Path to the Cessation of Duhkha- AwakeningThe Eightfold Path- Right Understanding- Right Thought- Right Speech- Right Action- Right Livelihood- Right Effort- Right Mindfulness- Right ConcentrationNirvana3. Early Buddhism and the Way of the EldersThe First Council: Three Baskets- The Sutra Pitaka- The Vinaya Pitaka- The Abhidharma PitakaSecond and Third Councils: Many PathsKing AsokaThe Way of the Elders- Cultivating Morality- Purification and Wholesomeness- Releasement for Nirvana- Four Lower and Higher Meditations- Supernormal Abilities- Tranquility Meditation- Insight Meditation- Wisdom- Five Purifications- The Four PathsTheravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia- Sri Lanka- Southeast AsiaTheravada Monastic and Lay ExperienceThe Cultural Experience of Thai Buddhism Today, Mano Mettanando LaohavanichFrom Childhood to AdulthoodMarriages and FuneralsPopular Buddhist PracticesContributions of Thailand to Buddhist Culture4. The Great VehicleThe Mahayana Sutras- Discovering the Perfection of Wisdom- A Layperson's Sutra- Exploring Consciousness- The Lotus- The Land of BlissThe Great Journey of the Bodhisattva- The Six Perfections- The Ten Stages- A Joyous Choice- Purity, Luminosity, and Radience- Meditation and Wisdom- Beyond Arhatship to Buddhahood- The Dharma CloudThe Three Bodies of the Buddha- Celestial Buddhas- Celestial Bodhisattvas5. The Development of Buddhist Thought in IndiaThe Abhidharma PhilosophiesThe Mahayana Philosophies- The Middle Way- The Womb of the Buddha- Foundations of ConsciousnessTheories of Knowledge6. The Tibetan Experiences of BuddhismThe Early Dissemination of Buddhism in TibetThe Later Dissemination of Buddhism in TibetTantra and Vajray?na Buddhism- Preliminary PracticesMajor Schools of Tibetan Buddhism- The "Scripture and Precept" School: Kadam- The "Gray Earth" School: Sakya- The "Oral Transmission" School: Kagyu- The "Virtuous Ones" School: GelukThe Dalai LamaTibet in the Past CenturyNew Tibetan Buddhist MovementsThe Cultural Experience of Tibetan Buddhism Today, Geshe Damdul NamgyalDaily RitualsCircumambulationPrayer WheelsPrayer FlagsThe Ransom of AnimalsPurificationsAuspicious DaysPilgrimageWandering StorytellersThe Deeper Life7. The Chinese Experiences of BuddhismTranslation and InculturationNew Translations and ScholarshipPersecution and ReformThe Foundation of the Chinese Experiences of Buddhism- The Abhidhauma Schools- The Mahayana SchoolsDefining the Chinese Experiences of Buddhism- The Heavenly Terrace School- The Flower-Garland School- The Pure Land SchoolPersecution and DeclineNew Chinese Buddhist MovementsThe Cultural Experience of Chinese Buddhism Today, Dedong WeiTemple RitualsBuddhist FestivalsPopular Buddhist PracticesRecent Developments in Popular Chinese BuddhismBuddhism's Influence on Chinese Culture Today8+. The Korean Experiences of BuddhismThe Advent of Buddhism during the Three Kingdoms PeriodBuddhism during the Unified Silla Dynasty: Innovation and Scholarship- Uisang- Wonhyo- The Five Buddhist SchoolsBuddhism during the Koryo Dynasty: Searching for Unity- Uich'on- Chinul- The Korean TripitakaRepression during the Choson DynastyThe Japanese Occupation and Recent DevelopmentsThe Cultural Experience of Korean Buddhism Today, Jongmyung KimTemple RitualsPrayer and PilgrimageThe Templestay ProgramBuddhist Cultural Heritage in KoreaThe Future of Popular Buddhism in Korean Culture9. The Japanese Experiences of BuddhismPrince ShotokuThe Nara Period (710-784): The Six Schools- The Kusha School- The Jojitsu School- The Ritsu School- The Sanron School- The Hosso School- The Kegon SchoolThe Heian Period (794-1185): The Tendai and Shingon Schools- Tendai Buddhism- The Shingon SchoolThe Kamakura Period (1185-1333): Pure Land, Zen, and Nichiren- Pure Land Buddhism- Zen Buddhism- Nichiren BuddhismThe Muromachi Period (1338-1573): Zen and Japanese CultureThe Tokugawa Period (1603-1868): Struggle and ReformThe Meiji Period (1868-1912) and Recent DevelopmentsNew Japanese Buddhist Cultural MovementsThe Cultural Experience of Japanese Buddhism Today, Tomonobu ShinozakiBuddhist Veneration of AncestorsO-bon FestivalPopular Buddhist Practices and HolidaysThe Bodhisattva Figure and Buddhist Practice Today10. The Globalization of BuddhismEarly European Encounters and ScholarshipBuddhism in the United States- Chinese Buddhism- Japanese Buddhism- Tibetan Buddhism- Theravada Buddhism- Korean Buddhism- Vietnamese BuddhismBuddhism in EuropeBuddhists in CanadaBuddhism in Australia and New ZealandBuddhism in BrazilBuddhism in AfricaIssues Facing Global Buddhisms- Ethnicity, Identity and Practice- Women, Ordination and Gender- Buddhist Ecumenism- Interreligious Dialogue- Social Engagement- Ecology and Science- Youth and the InternetThe Future of Global BuddhismThe Cultural Experience of Buddhism in America TodayGlossary of Technical TermsIndex