The Different Paths of Buddhism: A Narrative-Historical Introduction

The Different Paths of Buddhism: A Narrative-Historical Introduction

Carl Olson


"A richly ingenious and realized trip via some of the highways and byways of Buddhist culture from its inception to the current day . . . destined to turn into a vintage in its field."—Julius Lipner, professor of Indian faith and chair of the Divinity college on the collage of Cambridge
"The varied Paths of Buddhism bargains some of the most accomplished introductions to the most branches of the Buddhist culture below one cover."—Chün-fang Yü, professor of faith at Columbia University
"This designated mixture of conventional historical past and doctrine, narrative and perform, presents a fascinating review of Buddhist cultures . . . [and] how humans really dwell Buddhist lives."—William Waldron, professor of South Asian faith and philosophy at Middlebury College
For centuries, Buddhist academics and laypeople have used tales, symbols, cultural metaphors, and anecdotes to coach and convey their spiritual perspectives. during this introductory textbook, Carl Olson attracts on those narrative traditions to element the advance of Buddhism from the lifetime of the historic Buddha to the current.
The publication deals a complete advent to the most branches of the Buddhist culture in either the Mahayana and Theravada colleges, together with the Madhyamika university, the Yogacara tuition, natural Land devotionalism, Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and village people Buddhist traditions. Chapters discover the lifestyles and teachings of the Buddha in historic context, the early improvement and institutionalization of Buddhism, its geographic unfold throughout Asia and at last to the us, philosophy and ethics, the connection among priests and laity, political and moral implications, the position of girls within the Buddhist culture, and modern reinterpretations of Buddhism.
Drawn from many years of lecture room event, this inventive and impressive textual content combines professional scholarship and interesting tales that provide much-needed viewpoint to the present literature at the subject.

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