Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience by Donald W. MitchellBuddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience by Donald W. Mitchell

Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience

byDonald W. Mitchell

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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Second Edition, focuses on the depth of Buddhist experience as expressed in the teachings and practices of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a broad and inclusive approach, this unique work spans over 2,500 years, offeringchapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; and Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. It also includes an extensive discussion of modern, socially engaged Buddhism and a concluding chapter on the spread of Buddhism to the West. Author Donald W.Mitchell provides substantial selections of primary text material throughout that illustrate a great variety of moral, cultural, psychological, meditative, and spiritual Buddhist experiences. Buddhism features twenty-two boxed personal narratives by respected Buddhist leaders and scholars, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharma Master Sheng Yen, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Jeffrey Hopkins, Sulak Sivaraksa, Rita M. Gross, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, and Robert Aitken. The text alsoincludes photographs, maps, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary of technical terms. Integrating more information about how Buddhism is actually practiced around the world today, the second edition adds six brief end-of-chapter essays by scholars and practitioners on cultural experiences ofBuddhism in Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, and America. Ideal for courses in Buddhism, Asian religions, and Asian philosophy, this edition also offers additional photographs, new sections on topics like Buddhist cosmology, expanded coverage of Buddhism and globalization, and updatedsuggestions for further reading.
Boxes, Figures, and Maps Acknowledgments First Edition: Second Edition: Pronunciation Guide Introduction 1. THE LIFE OF GAUTAMA BUDDHA The Early Life of Siddhartha Gautama Birth: Youth: The Four Sights: The Great Renunciation Spiritual Teachers: Asceticism: The Awakening of the Buddha Enlightenment: Nirvana: The Mission of the Buddha T...
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Title:Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist ExperienceFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 9.09 × 6.42 × 0 inShipping dimensions:9.09 × 6.42 × 0 inPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Second Edition, focuses on the depth of Buddhist experience as expressed in the teachings and practices of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a broad and inclusive approach, this unique work spans over 2,500 years, offeringchapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; and Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. It also includes an extensive discussion of modern, socially engaged Buddhism and a concluding chapter on the spread of Buddhism to the West. Author Donald W.Mitchell provides substantial selections of primary text material throughout that illustrate a great variety of moral, cultural, psychological, meditative, and spiritual Buddhist experiences.Buddhism features twenty-two boxed personal narratives by respected Buddhist leaders and scholars, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharma Master Sheng Yen, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Jeffrey Hopkins, Sulak Sivaraksa, Rita M. Gross, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, and Robert Aitken. The text alsoincludes photographs, maps, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary of technical terms. Integrating more information about how Buddhism is actually practiced around the world today, the second edition adds six brief end-of-chapter essays by scholars and practitioners on cultural experiences ofBuddhism in Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, and America. Ideal for courses in Buddhism, Asian religions, and Asian philosophy, this edition also offers additional photographs, new sections on topics like Buddhist cosmology, expanded coverage of Buddhism and globalization, and updatedsuggestions for further reading.

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Boxes, Figures, and MapsAcknowledgmentsFirst Edition: Second Edition: Pronunciation GuideIntroduction1. THE LIFE OF GAUTAMA BUDDHAThe Early Life of Siddhartha GautamaBirth: Youth: The Four Sights: The Great RenunciationSpiritual Teachers: Asceticism: The Awakening of the BuddhaEnlightenment: Nirvana: The Mission of the BuddhaThe Three Refuges: Important Conversions: Monasticism: Social Concern: Women's Ordination: The Rebellion of Devadatta: The Last Days of Gautama Buddha2. THE TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHAThe Three CharacteristicsImpermanence: Dissatisfactoriness: No-Self: The Five AggregatesDependent ArisingKarma and RebirthBuddhist Cosmology: The Wheel of Life: The Four Noble TruthsThe Middle Way: The First Noble Truth: Life Is DuhkhaThe Second Noble Truth: The Cause of DuhkhaThe Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of DuhkhaThe Fourth Noble Truth: The Eightfold Path to the Cessation of DuhkhaAwakening: The Eightfold PathRight Understanding: Right Thought: Right Speech: Right Action: Right Livelihood: Right Effort: Right Mindfulness: Right Concentration: Nirvana3. THE WAY OF THE ELDERSThe Three BasketsThe Sutra PitakaThe Vinaya PitakaThe Abhidharma PitakaThe Second and Third CouncilsKing AsokaTheravada's Path of PurificationMorality: Concentration: Wisdom: Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast AsiaSri Lanka: Southeast Asia: Theravada Monastic and Lay Experience: The Cultural Experience of Thai Buddhism Today, Mettanando BhikkuFrom Childhood to Adulthood: Marriages and Funerals: Popular Buddhist Practices: Contributions of Thailand to Buddhist Culture: 4. THE GREAT VEHICLEThe Mahayana SutrasThe Perfection of Wisdom Sutras: The Vimalakirti Sutra: The Lankavatara Sutra: The Lotus Sutra: Land of Bliss Sutras: The Great Journey of the BodhisattvaThe Six Perfections: The Ten Stages: Celestial Bodhisattvas and BuddhasCelestial Bodhisattvas: The Three Bodies of the Buddha: 5. THE INDIAN EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISMThe Abhidharma SchoolsThe Mahayana SchoolsThe Madhyamika School: The Tathagata-garbha Literature: The Yogacara School: Logic, Tantra, and the Extinction of Buddhism in India6. THE TIBETAN EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISMThe First Dissemination of Buddhism in TibetThe Second Dissemination of Buddhism in TibetThe Geluk School and the Dalai LamaThe Tantric ExperiencePreliminary Practices: Mandalas, Mantras, and Mudras: Deity Yoga: Four Types of Tantric Practice: Schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Distinctive PracticesThe Nyingma School: The Sakya School: The Kagyu School: The Geluk School: Recent Events in TibetThe Cultural Experience of Tibetan Buddhism Today, Geshe Damdul NamgyalDaily Rituals: Circumambulation: Prayer Wheels: Prayer Flags: The Ransom of Animals: Purifications: Auspicious Days: Pilgrimage: Wandering Storytellers: The Deeper Life: 7. THE CHINESE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISMTranslation and InculturationNew Translations and ScholarshipPersecution and ReformThe Chinese Schools I: Laying the Foundation of the Chinese ExperienceThe Chu-she School: The Ch'eng-shih School: The Lu School: The Chen-yen School: The San-lun School: The Fa-hsiang School: The Chinese Schools II: Defining the Chinese ExperienceThe T'ien-t'ai School: The Hua-yen School: The Ch'an School: The Ching-t'u School: Persecution and DeclineLater DevelopmentsThe Cultural Experience of Chinese Buddhism Today, Dedong WeiTemple Rituals: Buddhist Festivals: Popular Buddhist Practices: Recent Developments in Popular Chinese Buddhism: Buddhism's Influence on Chinese Culture Today: 8. THE KOREAN EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISMThe Advent of Buddhism during the Three Kingdoms PeriodBuddhism during the Unified Silla Dynasty: Innovation and ScholarshipUisang: Wonhyo: The Five Buddhist Schools: Buddhism during the Koryo Dynasty: Searching for UnityUich'on: Chinul: The Korean Tripitaka: Repression during the Choson DynastyThe Japanese Occupation and Recent DevelopmentsThe Cultural Experience of Korean Buddhism Today, Jongmyung KimTemple Rituals: Prayer and Pilgrimage: The Templestay Program: Buddhist Cultural Heritage in Korea: The Future of Popular Buddhism in Korean Culture: 9. THE JAPANESE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISMPrince ShotokuThe Nara Period (710-784): The Six SchoolsThe Kusha School: The Jojitsu School: The Ritsu School: The Sanron School: The Hosso School: The Kegon School: The Heian Period (794-1185): The Tendai and Shingon SchoolsThe Tendai School: The Shingon School: The Kamakura Period (1185-1333): Pure Land, Zen, and NichirenPure Land Buddhism: Zen Buddhism: Nichiren Buddhism: The Muromachi Period (1338-1573): Zen and Japanese CultureThe Tokugawa Period (1603-1868): Struggle and ReformThe Meiji Period (1868-1912) and Recent DevelopmentsThe Cultural Experience of Japanese Buddhism Today, Tomonobu ShinozakiBuddhist Veneration of Ancestors: O-bon FestivalPopular Buddhist Practices and Holidays: The Bodhisattva Figure and Buddhist Practice Today: 10. MODERN BUDDHISM IN ASIANew Buddhist Movements in AsiaIndia: Sri Lanka: Thailand: Cambodia: Vietnam: Tibet: China: Korea: Japan: Women's Experience of Buddhism in Modern Asia11. BUDDHISM IN THE WESTBuddhism in EuropeBuddhism in CanadaBuddhism in AustraliaWestern Buddhism and GlobalizationBuddhism in the United StatesTheravada Buddhism: Vietnamese Buddhism: Tibetan Buddhism: Chinese Buddhism: Korean Buddhism: Japanese Buddhism: The Experience of Buddhism in the United StatesEthnicity, Identity, and Practice: Authority and Gender Issues: Buddhist Ecumenism: Interfaith Dialogue: Social Engagement: The Cultural Experience of American Buddhism Today, Rev. Heng SureEncountering Buddhist Culture: Bowing: Taking Refuge and the Five Precepts: Buddhist Practice and Western Culture: Glossary of Technical Terms: Index:

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"Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience is among the most clearly written and even-handed treatments of the whole of Buddhist history for undergraduate classroom use on the market today."--Linda Penkower, University of Pittsburgh