Buddhism: Its Essence and Development

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Courier Corporation, Jul 16, 2012 - Philosophy - 240 pages

"He has opened the stately grounds of scholarship to the public so that nothing of value and interest shall be missed. His readers are given an opportunity to understand something that has hitherto been only a mystery." — The Times (London) Literary Supplement
"It would be hard to find a study of any religion which is at once so correct, scholarly, short, lucid, and readable." — The Manchester Guardian
Based on a series of Oxford lectures delivered by a leading Buddhist scholar, this classic guide covers the entire range of Buddhist thought, including spirituality, doctrine, and basic assumptions.
An expert on the subject who converted to Buddhism in the course of his studies. Dr. Conze introduces Buddhism as both religion and philosophy, and discusses its common ground with other faiths throughout the world. He contrasts monastic and popular Buddhism and defines old and new schools of thought, discussing sects and their practices, moral wisdom, and literary history. Other subjects include the Yogacarins; the Tantra, or magical Buddhism; and developments in the faith beyond India.
The first comprehensive English-language book on Buddhism, this volume offers a concise approach to the complexities of Buddhist thought. A preface by a distinguished scholar of Oriental literature, Arthur Waley, appears in this edition.

 

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This book is a concise description of the historical development of Buddhism. The key word "essence" is correct. Dr Conze distills much into this swift, readable account. The form of American Buddhism ... Read full review

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Contents

Hinayana and Mahayana
121
Literary Development
123
The ideal Man of the Mabayana a Bodhisattva
125
Emptiness
130
Salvation
135
Parallels
140
THE BUDDHISM OF FAITH AND DEVOTION
144
Literary History
146

The Buddha
34
Is Buddhism atheistic?
38
The Four Holy Truths
43
Cosmology
48
MONASTIC BUDDHISM
53
Poverty
54
Monastic Celibacy
58
Inoffensiveness
61
The main currents of Monastic Thought
66
POPULAR BUDDHISM
70
Buddhism and the Temporal Power
72
The Samghas Services
77
The Influence of the Laity
85
THE OLD WISDOM SCHOOL
89
Sariputra
90
Arhats
93
Practices
95
Moral Discipline
96
Trance
99
Wisdom
105
Decline
114
THE MAHAYANA AND THE NEW WISDOM SCHOOL
119
The Agent of Salvation
147
The Aims of the Faithful
152
Methods
157
Selfextinction and Faith
159
THE YOGACARINS
161
Literary History
163
Mindonly
166
Storeconsciousness
168
Further Doctrines
171
THE TANTRA OR MAGICAL BUDDHISM The Problem of the Tantra
174
History of the Tantra
176
Tantric Practices
180
Tantric Philosophy
188
Tantric Mythology
189
Lefthanded Tantra
191
The Control of the Body
197
NONINDIAN DEVELOPMENTS
200
Chan
201
Amidism
205
The Rnyinmapa
207
European Buddhism
210
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