Karma and Rebirth: Post Classical Developments

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SUNY Press, 1986 - Religion - 357 pages
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Karma and Rebirth: Post Classical Developments explains the religious concepts most central to Asian philosophy, religion, and society, presenting articles representative of contemporary understanding and practice. The contributors look not only at the understanding of karma and rebirth in modern India, but also in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Japan, and the Western world. This broad treatment underscores the fact that karma and rebirth have become part of the religious history and cultural fabric of the Western world.
The collection is divided into three sections. Part I deals with figures and movements of the Hindu renaissance in India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Part II on Buddhism deals with Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Japanese treatments of karma. Part III is devoted to the influence of karma and rebirth in the Western world through theosophy, new religious movements, and recent developments in psychology.
 

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Contents

Contemporary Philosophical Treatments of Karma and Rebirth
1
In Defense Of Karma And Rebirth Evolutionary Karma
15
Swami Vivekanandas Conception of Karma and Rebirth
41
Karma Rebirth and the Contemporary Guru
61
Contemporary Conceptions of Karma and Rebirth Among North Indian Vaisnavas
83
Critical Response
109
PostClassical Developments In The Concepts of Karma and Rebirth in Theravada Buddhism
123
The Chinese Understanding and Assimilation of Karma Doctrine
145
Critical Response
203
In Search of Utopia Karma and Rebirth in the Theosophical Movement
233
Karma and Rebirth in Western Psychology
257
Swami Bhaktivedanta Karma Rebirth and the Personal God
277
Teachings on Karma and Rebirth Social and Spiritual Role in the Rajneesh NeoSamnyasin Movement
301
Karma and Rebirth In The Land of the EarthEaters
325
Critical Response
339
Contributors Notes
347

TsongKhaPas Concept of Karma
169
MeritMaking and Ritual Aspects In The Religious Life of Zanskar West Tibet
179
Shinrans View of Karma
191

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Ronald W. Neufeldt is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary. His publications include F. Max Müller and the Rig Veda.

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