Buddhist Thought and Ritual

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2001 - Buddhism - 199 pages
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Buddhist Thought and Ritual will appeal to anyone interested in acquiring an authentic grasp of Buddhism as it lives and functions in today`s world. The wide spectrum of Buddhist practice is represented here by the men and women who contributed to this volume. The focus on thought and ritual captures the organic interrelationship of these religious components and moves away from the compartmentalization characteristic of much religious scholarship. The reader discovers the central tenets of Buddhism, Anatta, Pratityasamutpada, Sunyatta, Nirvana, and others, not as free-floating curiosities, but in terms of their contemporary relevance and active participation in the formation of society and culture. Likewise, commonly practiced rituals such as the Paritta Ceremony and Mantra Recitation are analyzed in terms of their role in living Buddhism.
 

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Contents

The Buddhist Doctrine of Ana tta
9
Pratityasamupada and the Renunciation of Mystery
19
Space Emptiness and Freedom
35
The Social Relevance of the Buddhist Nibbana Ideal
45
Some Observations
57
The Syncretism of Chinese Chan and Pure Land Buddhism
69
Integration of Sutra and Tantra
87
The Mahisasaka View of Women
103
The Significance of Paritta and its Application in
125
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