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The Historical Development
Buddhism as a Unified System of Beliefs
The Dynamics of the Buddhist Life
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Amida Amitabha Ashoka attain Avalokiteshvara birth blessing bodhisattva body Brahmanism Buddha Buddha-image Buddha-nature called centers century C.E. ceremonial hall cessation of suffering China Chinese death deeds demerit desire Dharma dhism disciples discipline elders enlightenment existence festival Five Precepts Four Noble Truths gather Gautama gods heaven higher ordination human hungry ghosts India Japan Japanese karma laity lay Buddhism living Mahayana Mara master meditation mental mind monastery monks monks and laity monks chant moral nag's Nichiren nirvana Noble Truths offerings paritta path Perfection of Wisdom person Phraan Muan Pratimoksha precepts prosperity Pure Land rain-retreat realized realm rebirth recitation religion renunciation rice rite ritual robes roshi samanas Sangha Sanskrit sesshin sharing merit sitting society spirits Sri Lanka striving stupas sukhwan Sutra Taoism teaching temple texts Thailand Theravada Buddhism Theravada monks Theravada tradition Tibet tion Tripitaka village Vinaya worldly Zen monks