Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism

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Indiana University Press, May 2, 2016 - Philosophy - 336 pages

Tiantai Buddhism emerged from an idiosyncratic and innovative interpretation of the Lotus Sutra to become one of the most complete, systematic, and influential schools of philosophical thought developed in East Asia. Brook A. Ziporyn puts Tiantai into dialogue with modern philosophical concerns to draw out its implications for ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Ziporyn explains Tiantai’s unlikely roots, its positions of extreme affirmation and rejection, its religious skepticism and embrace of religious myth, and its view of human consciousness. Ziporyn reveals the profound insights of Tiantai Buddhism while stimulating philosophical reflection on its unexpected effects.

 

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Ziporyn, professor of ancient and medieval Chinese religion and philosophy at the University of Chicago, offers a casual but dense introduction to the lesser-known Tiantai school of Buddhism. He ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Letting Suffering Be in Early Buddhism
3
The Two Truths in PreTiantai Buddhism
23
Mahāyāna Approaches to Emptiness
37
4 BuddhaNature and Original Enlightenment
54
Introduction to the Lotus Sūtra
68
Highlights of the Lotus Sūtra in Tiantai Context
86
From the Lotus Sūtra to Tiantai
117
The Multiverse as You
143
Experiments with Tiantai Practice
178
10 Tiantai Ethics and the WorstCase Scenario
235
So Far and Yet So Close
273
Notes
287
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
303
Index
309
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Brook A. Ziporyn is Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

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