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The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism

The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhism
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From the Jacket: Heretofore studies of the Bodhisattva doctrine in Buddhism - the basis of Mahayana Buddhism - have concentrated on Sanskrit sources. The distinctiveness of the present volume lies in the variety of languages and cultures in which research has been done. Traditionally, a Bodhisattva has been understood in view of the Buddha's former lives or as a superhuman making his way toward the enlightened state. The eleven studies making up this volume indicate a need to question uncritica...
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Heretofore studies of the Bodhisattva doctrine in Buddhism - the basis of Mahayana Buddhism - have concentrated on Sanskrit sources. The distinctiveness of the present volume lies in the variety of languages and cultures in which research has been done. Traditionally, a Bodhisattva has been understood in view of the Buddha's former lives or as a superhuman making his way toward the enlightened state. The eleven studies making up this volume indicate a need to question uncritical acceptance of such interpretations of the Bodhisattva doctrine. Although the studies are scholarly, they are nonetheless accessible to laypersons as well as scholars and should prove to instructive for both.

About the Author

Leslie S. Kawamura, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of the Honpa Buddhist Church of Alberta for eight years. He holds the Ph.D. degree in Far Eastern Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Among his publications are Golden Zephyr, Mind in Buddhist Psychology, and Buddhist Thought and Asian Civilization.

CONTENTS

Prefacev
The Contributorsvii
Introductionxi
INAUGURAL ADDRESS
The Relevance of the Bodhisattva Concept of Today
Peter Slater
1
INDIA
The Evolution of the Concept of the Bodhisattva
Arthur L. Basham
19
The Bodhisattva Returns to this world
Gadjin M. Nagao
61
TIBET
Influence of the Bodhisattva Doctrine on Tibetan Political History
Turrell V. Wylie
81
The View of Bodhicitta in Tibetan Buddhism
Lobsang Dargyay
95
Bodhisattva - The Ethical Phase in Evolution
Herbert V. Guenther
111
CHINA
The Bodhisattva Idea in Chinese Literature: Typology and Significance
Yun-hua Jan
125
The Bodhisattva Concept: A Study of the Chinese Buddhist Canon
Lewis R. Lancaster
153
JAPAN
The Bodhisattva Doctrine as Conceived and Developed by the Founders of the New Sects in the Heian and Kamakura Periods
Hisao Inagaki
165
Japan's New Religions (1945-65): Secularization or Spiritualalization?
Minoru Kiyota
193
The Myokonin: Japan's Representation of the Bodhisattva
Leslie S. Kawamura
223
Index 238

Item Code: IDE873 Author: Edited and Introduced By: Leslie S. Kawamura Cover: Hardcover Edition: 1997 Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications ISBN: 8170305632 Language: English Size: 8.9" X 5.7" Pages: 293 Other Details: 450 gms
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