Emptiness And Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction To Tiantai Buddhism by Brook A. Ziporyn

Emptiness And Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction To Tiantai Buddhism

byBrook A. Ziporyn

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Tiantai Buddhism emerged from an idiosyncratic and innovative interpretation of the Lotus Sutra to become one of the most complete, systematic, and influential schools of philosophical thought developed in East Asia. Brook A. Ziporyn puts Tiantai into dialogue with modern philosophical concerns to draw out its implications for ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Ziporyn explains Tiantai's unlikely roots, its positions of extreme affirmation and rejection, its religious skepticism and embrace of religious myth, and its view of human consciousness. Ziporyn reveals the profound insights of Tiantai Buddhism while stimulating philosophical reflection on its unexpected effects.

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Brook A. Ziporyn is Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
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Title:Emptiness And Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction To Tiantai BuddhismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 2, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Just Here Is the End of Suffering: Letting Suffering Be in Early Buddhism
2. Rafts and Arrows: The Two Truths in Pre-Tiantai Buddhism
3. Neither Thus Nor Otherwise: Mahyna Approaches to Emptiness
4. Buddha-nature and Original Enlightenment
5. How to Not Know What You're Doing: Introduction to the Lotus Stra
6. The New Middle Way: Highlights of the Lotus Stra in Tiantai Context
7. The Interpervasion of All Points of View: From the Lotus Stra to Tiantai
8. Tiantai: The Multiverse as You
9. Experiencing Tiantai: Experiments with Tiantai Practice
10. Tiantai Ethics and the Worst Case Scenario
Epilogue: So Far and Yet So Close
Notes
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
Index

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"Introduces new stories and expressions of rather arcane and often scholastic teachings, and succeeds in making the subject matter interesting and relevant, for the general reader as well as the specialist." -Paul Swanson, author of Foundations of T'ien-T'ai Philosophy: The Flowering of the Two Truths Theory in Chinese Buddhism