Concise History of BuddhismConcise 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 ...

Author: Andrew Skilton

Publisher: Windhorse Publications

ISBN: 9781909314122

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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.

A Concise History of BuddhismA Concise History of Buddhism



Buddhism is a widely diverse religion, with many traditions handed down through the centuries.

Author: Andrew Skilton

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ISBN: 0760721785

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Buddhism is a widely diverse religion, with many traditions handed down through the centuries. The newcomer seeking to understand the sometimes contradictory spiritual texts can find it daunting. A Buddhist and professor at Oxford University now unravels these varied religious threads and creates a wonderfully clear and compact look at Buddhist history. From the ancient Indian context to Buddhism in countries beyond, from the Mahayana sutras to Tantra, it presents an account of the religion's development up through the 19th century, its doctrines and its schools. But the study also covers the context in which Buddhism developed, the external events that had an impact on the religion. Using the most recent scholarship available, it reflects on the Buddha and his teachings, the paths to awakening, the development in the Sangha, the Tripitaka and the Abhidharma, the end of Buddhism in India, and the practice of Buddhism throughout Asia. A truly enlightening guide.

A Concise History of BuddhismA Concise History of Buddhism



Drawing on the latest historical and literary research, the book explains the basic concepts of Buddhism, their development and their historical framework.

Author: Andrew Skilton

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company

ISBN: 0760748292

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How and when did the many schools and subsects of Buddhism emerge? How does the historical figure of Siddhartha Gautama relate to the magical ritual of the Tantra or to the ardent devotion of the Pure Land schools? Did Buddhism modify the cultures to which it was introduced, or did they modify Buddhism? A Concise History of Buddhism explores the origins of this twenty-five-centuries-old religion and traces the major developments in Buddhism through the nineteenth century, focusing on the roots of present-day forms of the religion. Andrew Skilton describes and correlates the diverse manifestations of Buddhism -- in its homeland of India and in its spread across Asia, from Mongolia to Sri Lanka and from Japan to the Middle East. Drawing on the latest historical and literary research, the book explains the basic concepts of Buddhism, their development and their historical framework. Complete with a detailed index and comprehensive bibliography, A Concise History of Buddhism is a rich history of the Buddhist tradition. Book jacket.

The Circle of the WayThe Circle of the Way



In The Circle of the Way, Zen practitioner and popular religion writer Barbara O'Brien brings clarity to this huge swath of history by charting a middle way between Zen's traditional lore and the findings of modern historical scholarship.

Author: Barbara O'Brien

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834842434

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Page: 256

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A comprehensive, accessible guide to the fascinating history of Zen Buddhism--including important figures, schools, foundational texts, practices, and politics. Zen Buddhism has a storied history--Bodhidharma sitting in meditation in a cave for nine years; a would-be disciple cutting off his own arm to get the master's attention; the proliferating schools and intense Dharma combat of the Tang and Song Dynasties; Zen nuns and laypeople holding their own against patriarchal lineages; the appearance of new masters in the Zen schools of Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and later the Western world. In The Circle of the Way, Zen practitioner and popular religion writer Barbara O'Brien brings clarity to this huge swath of history by charting a middle way between Zen's traditional lore and the findings of modern historical scholarship. In a clear and often funny style, O'Brien parses fact from fiction while always attending to the greatest interest of contemporary practitioners--the development of Zen doctrine and practice as a living tradition across cultures and centuries.

The Story of BuddhismThe Story of Buddhism



Leading Buddhist scholar Donald S. Lopez Jr. explores the origins of this 2,500-year-old religion and traces its major developments up to the present, focusing not only on the essential elemenmts common to all schools of Buddhism but also ...

Author: Donald S. Lopez

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060099275

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Page: 288

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How and when did the many schools of Buddhism emerge? How does the historical figure of Siddartha Guatama relate to the many teachings that are presented in his name? Did Buddhism modify the cultures to which it was introduced, or did they modify Buddhism? Leading Buddhist scholar Donald S. Lopez Jr. explores the origins of this 2,500-year-old religion and traces its major developments up to the present, focusing not only on the essential elemenmts common to all schools of Buddhism but also revealing the differences among the major traditions. Beginning with the creation and structure of the Buddhist universe, Lopez explores the life of the Buddha, the core Buddhist tenets, and the development of the monastic life and lay practices. Combining brilliant scholarship with fascinating stories -- contemporary and historical, sometimes miraculous, sometimes humorous -- this rich and absorbing volume presents a fresh and expert history of Buddhism and Buddhist life.

BuddhismBuddhism



A concise and up-to-date guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Buddhism by two luminaries in the field of world religions.

Author: Huston Smith

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061739743

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Page: 256

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A concise and up-to-date guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Buddhism by two luminaries in the field of world religions.

BuddhismBuddhism



Classic guide introduces Buddhism as both religion and philosophy, discusses its common ground with other faiths throughout the world, contrasts monastic and popular Buddhism, and defines old and new schools of thoughts.

Author: Edward Conze

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486170237

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Page: 240

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Based on a series of Oxford lectures delivered by a well-known Buddhist scholar, this volume covers the entire range of Buddhist thought. It introduces Buddhism as both religion and philosophy, discusses its common ground with other faiths throughout the world, contrasts monastic and popular Buddhism, and defines old and new schools of thought.

The Buddha WithinThe Buddha Within



This text addresses itself directly to the issue of how to relate the doctrine of emptiness (the illusory nature of the world) to that of the truly existing, changeless Absolute (the Buddha Nature).

Author: S. K. Hookham

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791403572

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Tathagatagarbha -- Buddha Nature -- is a central concept of Mahayana Buddhism crucial to all the living practice traditions of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. Its relationship to the concept of emptiness has been a subject of controversy for seven hundred years. Dr. Hookam's work investigates the divergent interpretations of these concepts and the way the Tibetan tradition is resolving them. In particular she does this with reference to the only surviving Indian commentary on the Tathagatagarbha doctrine, the Ratnagotravibhaga. This text addresses itself directly to the issue of how to relate the doctrine of emptiness (the illusory nature of the world) to that of the truly existing, changeless Absolute (the Buddha Nature). This is the first work by a Western writer to present an analysis of the Shentong tradition based on previously untranslated sources. The Shentong view rests on meditative experience that is inaccessible to the conceptualizing mind. It is deeply rooted in the sutra tradition of Indian Buddhism and is central to an understanding of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions and Tantric practice among Kagyupas and Hyingmapas.

Beijing A Concise HistoryBeijing A Concise History



Behind him is a statue of Wei Tuo (Skanda), a defender of Buddhism, who is
regarded as a protector of Buddhist temples. Beyond this hall, a large square
stone stele dating from 1792 is inscribed with a history of Tibetan Buddhism in
four ...

Author: Stephen G. Haw

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134150335

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Stephen Haw sets out the history of the city of Beijing, charting the course of its development from its early roots before 2000 BC to its contemporary position as capital of the People’s Republic of China. Stephen Haw, a well-established author on China, outlines the establishment of the earliest cities in the years before 1000 BC, its status as regional capital during most of the long Zhou dynasty, and its emergence as capital of the whole of China after the conquest of the Mongol invaders under Chenghiz Khan and his successors. He considers the city’s assumption of its modern name ‘Beijing’ under the Ming dynasty, conquest by the Manchus and the turbulent years of civil war that followed the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911, culminating in the communist revolution and Beijing’s resumption of the role of capital of China in 1949. Overall, Stephen Haw gives an impressive account of the long and fascinating history of a city that is growing in prominence as an urban centre of global significance.

A Concise Introduction to Tibetan BuddhismA Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism



A survey of the four main sects of Tibetan Buddhism and a succinct history of the Tibetan cultural region complete this work.

Author: John Powers

Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015073623038

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Page: 165

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Lucid and economical, the Concise Introduction delivers a brisk, fast-moving survey. For many years, Powers' nearly six hundred-page Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism has served as the field's most authoritative and comprehensive introductory text on Tibet's distinctive Buddhist tradition. Now Powers has responded to requests to provide an introductory text in compact form. This slimmed-down reference explains the core Buddhist doctrines and the practices of meditation and tantra in an engaging manner. A survey of the four main sects of Tibetan Buddhism and a succinct history of the Tibetan cultural region complete this work.

BuddhismBuddhism



Written in an accessible and informative style, and assuming little or no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, this book gives a basic introduction to the faith.

Author: Bradley K. Hawkins

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: STANFORD:36105023119485

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Page: 128

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"Buddhism" is a concise and readable survey of the history of Buddhism from its roots in India to its spread across South and East Asia and its present day manifestation in Europe and America. Written in an accessible and informative style, and assuming little or no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, this book gives a basic introduction to the faith.

A Concise History of JapanA Concise History of Japan



Even though Empress Suiko (554–628) had patronized the Indian religion,
Buddhism had a slow start after its initial importation in 552. As the Nihon shoki
explains, when envoys of the Korean Paekche king presented a statue of the
historical ...

Author: Brett L. Walker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316239698

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To this day, Japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the west and why the modern world looks the way it does. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. The book begins by tracing the country's early history through archaeological remains, before proceeding to explore life in the imperial court, the rise of the samurai, civil conflict, encounters with Europe, and the advent of modernity and empire. Integrating the pageantry of a unique nation's history with today's environmental concerns, Walker's vibrant and accessible new narrative then follows Japan's ascension from the ashes of World War II into the thriving nation of today. It is a history for our times, posing important questions regarding how we should situate a nation's history in an age of environmental and climatological uncertainties.

The Two Traditions of Meditation in Ancient IndiaThe Two Traditions of Meditation in Ancient India



This book elucidates the early Buddhist teachings and beliefs concerning meditaions and its role in the process to liberation. In a number of cases, the Buddhist canonical texts reject practices which they accept elsewhere.

Author: Johannes Bronkhorst

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 8120811143

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Page: 153

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This book elucidates the early Buddhist teachings and beliefs concerning meditaions and its role in the process to liberation. In a number of cases, the Buddhist canonical texts reject practices which they accept elsewhere. When these practices-sometimes rejected, sometimes accepted-correspond to what is known about non-Buddhist practices, the conculsion in then proposed that they are non-Buddhist practices which have somehow found their way into the Buddhist texts. A similar procedure enables one to choose between conflicting beliefs.

Fundamentals of Tibetan BuddhismFundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism



The basic premise of Buddhism is that all suffering, however real it may seem, is the product of our own minds.Rebecca Novick's concise history of Buddhism and her explanations of the Four Noble Truths, Wheel of Life, Karma, the path of the ...

Author: Rebecca McClen Novick

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0895949539

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Page: 206

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In Tibetan, the word for Buddhist means "insider"--someone who looks not to the world but to themselves for peace and happiness. The basic premise of Buddhism is that all suffering, however real it may seem, is the product of our own minds.Rebecca Novick's concise history of Buddhism and her explanations of the Four Noble Truths, Wheel of Life, Karma, the path of the Bodhisattva, and the four schools help us understand Tibetan Buddhism as a religion or philosophy, and more important, as a way of experiencing the world.

A Concise History of Afghanistan in 25 VolumesA Concise History of Afghanistan in 25 Volumes



It is hardly surprising that the council occurred under Kanishka's reign as this was
the first time in hundreds of years that this vast area of Buddhist activity had been
politically united. So kanishka was the first king to face the growing dissension ...

Author: Hamid Wahed Alikuzai

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781490714479

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For 35,000 years ancient Afghanistan was called Aryana (the Light of God) has existed. Then in 747 AD what is today called Afghanistan became Khorasan (which means Sunrise in Dari) which was a much larger geographical area. In the middle of the nineteenth century the name Afghanistan, which means home of the united tribes, was applied originally by the Saxons (present day British) and the Russians. During the Great Games in the middle of nineteenth century, the Durand Line was created in 1893 and was in place until 1993. Saxons created the state of Afghanistan out of a geographical area roughly the size of Texas: in 1893 before which there were 10 million square kilometers, larger than the size of Canada, as means to act as a buffer zone between the Saxon-India & Tsarist-Russia and the Chinese.

Epochs in Buddhist HistoryEpochs in Buddhist History



A concise and readable history of Buddhism over the centuries from its foundation in India to its later developments in Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Nepal and Tibet. A selection of Buddhist prayers and vows is included.

Author: Kenneth J. Saunders

Publisher: Pilgrims

ISBN: 8176240427

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Page: 243

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A concise and readable history of Buddhism over the centuries from its foundation in India to its later developments in Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Nepal and Tibet. A selection of Buddhist prayers and vows is included.

A Companion to Buddhist PhilosophyA Companion to Buddhist Philosophy



World Fellowship of Buddhist Review 31, 29–49. Skilling, Peter (2009).
Theravada in History. Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies 11
, 61–93. Skilton, Andrew (1994). A Concise History of Buddhism. Birmingham:
Windhorse ...

Author: Steven M. Emmanuel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118323885

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Page: 760

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A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject available; it offers the very latest scholarship to create a wide-ranging survey of the most important ideas, problems, and debates in the history of Buddhist philosophy. Encompasses the broadest treatment of Buddhist philosophy available, covering social and political thought, meditation, ecology and contemporary issues and applications Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands readers understanding of the breadth and diversity of Buddhist thought Broad coverage of topics allows flexibility to instructors in creating a syllabus Essays provide valuable alternative philosophical perspectives on topics to those available in Western traditions

A Life of the BuddhaA Life of the Buddha



" This new edition of the book previously entitled The Awakened One has been updated to include a short history of Buddhism as well as a selection of resources for further reading.

Author: Sherab Chodzin Kohn

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834822512

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The story of the Buddha and his awakening is more than an account of the birth of a religious tradition: it is also one of the great archetypal tales of the spiritual quest, colorful in its many details and thrilling in its depiction of the world transformed by an enlightened human being. Sherab Chödzin Kohn’s retelling of the Buddha’s life is both readable and historically informed, and presents the Buddha’s teachings along with the events of his past lives to final nirvana. Library Journal called it "a splendid combination of biography and instruction." This new edition of the book previously entitled The Awakened One has been updated to include a short history of Buddhism as well as a selection of resources for further reading.