Buddhist Images of Human Perfection: The Arahant of the Sutta Piṭaka Compared with the Bodhisattva and the Mahāsiddha

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1982 - Arhats - 320 pages
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All forms of Buddhism--The Theravada, the Mahayana and the Vajrayana--affirm the perfectability of the person, and one finds this notion of perfection embodied in three images; the arahant, the bodhisattva and the mahasiddha. Reader also finds, in scholarly treatments of Buddhism, much made of the perceived differences among these three `vehicles` (yana). By close textual analysis as well as by extensive field work, Katz criticizes this emphasis on difference and prefers to treat Buddhism as a whole, a position he finds in accord with the teachings of both Buddhists and Buddhist texts. By a close examination of these three images of human perfection, bridges among the Theravada, the Mahayana and the Vajrayana are built and continuities within Buddhism are explored. This comparison involves pioneering discussions of Buddhist philosophy of language and hermeneutics, which are facilitated by Katz`s familiarity with Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist texts as well as his sympathetic involvement with the living Buddhist tradition.
 

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Contents

Formulae Expressions Occasions
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Meditation and Arahatta 5595
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The Arahant and the Buddha 96146
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The Psychology of the Arahant 147164
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The Arahant and Society 165202
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The Philosophy of the Arahant 203257
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Conclusions 258287
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The Arhat and the Bodhisattva
270
The Meaning of the Term Ydna
276
Bibliography 289314
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Index 315320
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