Theravada Buddhism: Continuity, Diversity and Identity (Wiley-Blackwell Guides to Buddhism)

Theravada Buddhism: Continuity, Diversity and Identity (Wiley-Blackwell Guides to Buddhism)

By: Kate Crosby (author)Hardback

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Theravada Buddhism provides a comprehensive introductory overview of the history, teachings, and current practice of an often misunderstood form of one of the world s oldest religious traditions. * Explores Theravada Buddhism s origins, evolution, teachings, and practices * Considers the practice of Theravada beyond Sri Lanka and Thailand, by exploring a wealth of material from countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam * Reveals its rich and varied traditions, and corrects common misunderstandings about links to other practices, such as early Buddhism or Hinayana Buddhism * Incorporates student-friendly features including a glossary and other study aids

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About Author

Kate Crosby is a Seiyu Kiriyama Reader in Buddhist Studies in the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS, University of London, and is also a member of the Centre of South East Asian Studies and the Centre of Buddhist Studies. She is the author or editor of a number of books, including Santideva s Bodhicaryavatara: Buddhist Path To Awakening (with Andrew Skilton, 1998), andThe Dead of Night & the Women (2009).

Contents

Acknowledgments viii Map xi Introduction 1 Part One Buddha 13 1 The Buddha and Buddhahood 15 2 Buddha Worship 43 Part Two Dhamma 69 3 Literature, Languages, and Conveying the Dhamma 71 4 The Jataka 99 5 The Good Buddhist 112 6 Meditation 138 7 Abhidhamma 174 Part Three Sangha and Society 195 8 Monks, Monasteries, and their Position in Society 197 9 Women in Monasticism 218 10 Women in Theravada Literature and Society 238 11 Feminist Readings of Gender-Related Symbols 250 12 Nonharming, Politics, and Violence 262 Glossary 283 Index 290

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/01/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781405189071
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781405189071
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 140518907X

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