Faith and Devotion in Theravāda Buddhism
This is an analytical study of faith (saddha), devotion (bhatti) and worship (puja) in the Theravada school of Buddhism. It elucidates these concepts and deals with their objects, viz., gods in general, and Buddha in particular, as described in the Pali canonical, postcanonical and commentarial literature. The first chapter of this book examines the conception of the "the Deities" and "the supernatural"; the attributes, knowledge, powers and functions of Buddhist deities; their role as objects of meditation; how Theravada Buddhism is non-theistic and how its basic concepts are incompatible to the conception of Creator God. The second chapter discusses the special attributes, knowledge, powers and functions of the Buddha in the Theravada literature which establishes His supramundane character and spiritual eminence over gods, arhants and pratyekabuddhas. It throws light on the origins of Buddha's deification, his docetic conception and other Buddhological speculations which led him to become an object of highest reverence, adoration and devotion. The third chapter outlines the origin, nature and scope of faith and devotion for the Buddha in Theravada literature; how and why he has been regarded as the object of absolute confidence (saddha), recollection and contemplation (buddhanussati), devotion (bhatti) and worship (puja) and thereby viewed as Bhagavan and compassionate Saviour. The book provides an authentic and comprehensive account of faith (saddha) and devotion (bhatti) in Pali canonical and post-canonical literature of Theravada Buddhist School. This work is an invaluable aid to students, teachers and researchers of Pali literature and Buddhist philosophy.
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Theravada Conception of Gods and God
Recollection and Contemplation on Devas
Theravada Buddhist Criticism of Theism
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Abhidhamma According Anguttara Nikaya arhants assert attained Atthakatha Bhagava bhatti bhikkhus birth Bodhi bodhisatta Book brahmana Buddha Buddhaghosa Buddhanussati Buddhist conception Buddhist devas Ceylon Childers commentary compassion Creator deities devas devas of higher devas of lower devatas devotion dhamma Dhammapada disciples Dlgha Nikaya doctrine DTgha Early Buddhist Ency Bsm enlightenment existence faculties faith Fasc Further Dialogues Gautama gods Gradual Sayings H.G.A. Van Zeyst honour Ibid Jataka kamma Khuddaka Nikaya Khuddakapatha Kindered Sayings SN knowledge lower status Maha Brahma Majjhima Nikaya means meditation mental Milindapanha mind monks Nanamoli tr nibbana Nikaya Atthakatha object omniscience paccekabuddhas Pali canon parinibbana Path of Purity perfect person Psalms PTS Dictionary realized rebirth reborn regarded reverence Rhys Davids tr saddha Sakka Samyutta Nikaya spiritual supreme Sutta MN Suttanipata tathagata teacher Thera Theragatha Theravada Buddhism Theravadins Three Refuges ti-sarana truth Udana Vibhanga Vimanavatthu Vinaya Vinaya Texts virtue Visuddhimagga word worship yakkhas