The Life of Buddhism (The Life of Religion)

The Life of Buddhism (The Life of Religion)

Frank E. Reynolds, Jason A. Carbine


Bringing jointly fifteen essays through remarkable Buddhist students from Asia, Europe, and North the United States, this e-book bargains a particular portrayal of the "life of Buddhism." The participants specialise in a couple of spiritual practices around the Buddhist global, from Sri Lanka to long island, Japan to Tibet. The essays spotlight no longer loads Buddhist doctrine or sacred texts, yet fairly the particular habit and lived adventure of Buddhist adherents.
A basic advent by means of Frank E. Reynolds and Jason A. Carbine offers a old evaluate and in short characterizes the 3 significant editions of Buddhist tradition--the Hinayana/Theravada department practiced in Sri Lanka and masses of Southeast Asia; the Mahayana department positioned such a lot particularly in East Asia; and the Vajrayana/Esoteric department validated in Tibet and Japan. It additionally takes observe of a particular kind of Buddhism that's now rising between non-Asian practitioners within the West. The editors introduce every one essay with a short statement that situates its contents in the Buddhist culture as an entire.
The items supply concise depictions and analyses of specific elements of Buddhist existence, together with temple structure and iconography, the consecration of sacred items, meditative practices, devotional expressions, exorcisms, and pilgrimage trips. subject matters mentioned additionally comprise the development of religio-political and religio-social hierarchies, gender roles, the administration of asocial habit, and confrontations with loss of life and dying.

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