1st Edition

Exploring Buddhism (Routledge Revivals)

ISBN 9780415531115
Published August 30, 2013 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

The Buddhist field of knowledge is now so vast that few can master all of it, and the study and application of its principles must be a matter of choice. One may choose the magnificent moral philosophy of Theravada, the oldest school, or the Zen training of Japan; or special themes such as the doctrine of No-self, the Mahayana emphasis on compassion or the universal law of Karma and Rebirth. But the intense self-discipline needed for true spiritual experience calls for specialization of subject and technique.

In this reissue, first published in 1974, Christmas Humphreys takes us on a personal journey through Buddhism, offering insights into the many different paths, doctrines and approaches to Buddhism. This collection of twenty essays ranges from history to doctrine, and from the rise of Buddhism in the West through to the finer points of its everyday practice. It is a truly valuable piece of Western Buddhist literature and its reissue will be welcomed be scholars of Buddhism and interested laypeople alike.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Buddha and his Enlightenment  1. The Buddha’s Englightenment  2. Buddhism and the Esoteric Tradition  3. The Two Concentric Circles of Buddhism in Tibet  4. Self and No-Self  Part 2: Buddhist Doctrines  5. Central Themes of Buddhism  6. The Precipice and the Mountain  7. The Buddhist Concept of Dharma  8. Karma and Rebirth  9. The Head and the Heart  10. The Arhat and the Bodhisattva Ideal  11. Absolutely Relative  12. A Beginner’s Guide to Zen  13. Soto Zen  Part 3: Buddhism Comes West  14. Buddhism Comes West  15. Why Buddhism?  16. Zen Comes West Part 4: On Doing Buddhism  17. On Doing Buddhism  18. Buddhism in Daily Life  19. Should Buddhists Meditate?  20. Concentration and Meditation

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