Metaphor and Literalism in Buddhism

The Doctrinal History of Nirvana

By Soonil Hwang

© 2007 – Routledge

164 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Soonil Hwang studies the doctrinal development of nirvana in the Pali Nikaaya and subsequent tradition and compares it with the Chinese aagama and its traditional interpretation. He clarifies early doctrinal developments of Nirvana and traces the word and related terms back to their original metaphorical contexts, elucidating diverse interpretations and doctrinal and philosophical developments in the abhidharma exegeses and treatises of Southern and Northern Buddhist schools. The book finally examines which school, if any, kept the original meaning and reference of Nirvana.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: The doctrinal development of nirvana in early Indian Buddhism 1. Nirvana and its reference 2. The two nirvana theory in the early canon 3. Developments of the two nirvana theory 4. Nirvana in the Theravada Buddhist tradition 5. Nirvana in Northern Buddhist schools 6. Conclusion Part II: Annotated translations of the related texts in Pali, Sanskrit and Chinese Selected sources for the nirvana concept and the two nirvana theory

About the Author

Soonil Hwang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Indian Philosophy at Dongguk University, Seoul. His research interests are focused upon early Indian Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy and Sectarian Buddhism.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism - Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

These titles are published in association with the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Oxford, UK.

Founding Editors: Charles S. Prebish, Utah State University, USA and Damien Keown, Goldsmith's College, London University, UK.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
RELIGION / General