Buddhism

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Peter Harvey
Bloomsbury Publishing, Jul 5, 2001 - Religion - 352 pages
This collection of essays examines ten core themes from a comparative perspective and thus provides an integrated introduction to the social and spiritual values at the centre of Buddhist thought. Following an introductory chapter, the themes covered are moral decision making, worship, myth and history, the role of women, attitudes to nature, sacred writings, beliefs about human nature, rites of passage, sacred place and the depiction of the divine. Each chapter concludes with a list of recommended further reading.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The sacred writings of Buddhism
29
2 Buddhist visions of the human predicament and its resolution Peter Harvey
64
3 Portrayals of ultimate reality and of holy and divine beings Peter Harvey
95
4 Devotional practices Peter Harvey
125
5 Rites of passage Christopher Lamb
151
6 Making moral decisions Stewart McFarlane
181
7 Women in Buddhism Rita M Gross
205
8 Attitudes to nature Ian Harris
235
9 Cosmology myth and symbolism Christopher Lamb
257
10 Sacred space Martin Boord
290
Index of concepts
317
Index of names
325
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Peter Harvey is Professor of Buddhist Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is a co-founder of the UK Association of Buddhist Studies and is a Theravada Buddhist.

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