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Title:
The life of Buddhism
Author:
Reynolds, Frank, 1930-
Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
x, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780520211056

9780520223370
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Book

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Bringing together fifteen essays by outstanding Buddhist scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America, this book offers a distinctive portrayal of the "life of Buddhism." The contributors focus on a number of religious practices across the Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to New York, Japan to Tibet. The essays highlight not so much Buddhist doctrine or sacred texts, but rather the actual behavior and lived experience of Buddhist adherents.

A general introduction by Frank E. Reynolds and Jason A. Carbine provides a historical overview and briefly characterizes the three major variants of Buddhist tradition--the Hinayana/Theravada branch practiced in Sri Lanka and much of Southeast Asia; the Mahayana branch located most notably in East Asia; and the Vajrayana/Esoteric branch established in Tibet and Japan. It also takes note of a distinctive form of Buddhism that is now emerging among non-Asian practitioners in the West. The editors introduce each essay with a brief commentary that situates its contents within the Buddhist tradition as a whole.

The pieces offer concise depictions and analyses of particular aspects of Buddhist life, including temple architecture and iconography, the consecration of sacred objects, meditative practices, devotional expressions, exorcisms, and pilgrimage journeys. Topics discussed also include the construction of religio-political and religio-social hierarchies, gender roles, the management of asocial behavior, and confrontations with dying and death.


Summary

Bringing together fifteen essays by outstanding Buddhist scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America, this book offers a distinctive portrayal of the "life of Buddhism." The contributors focus on a number of religious practices across the Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to New York, Japan to Tibet. The essays highlight not so much Buddhist doctrine or sacred texts, but rather the actual behavior and lived experience of Buddhist adherents.

A general introduction by Frank E. Reynolds and Jason A. Carbine provides a historical overview and briefly characterizes the three major variants of Buddhist tradition--the Hinayana/Theravada branch practiced in Sri Lanka and much of Southeast Asia; the Mahayana branch located most notably in East Asia; and the Vajrayana/Esoteric branch established in Tibet and Japan. It also takes note of a distinctive form of Buddhism that is now emerging among non-Asian practitioners in the West. The editors introduce each essay with a brief commentary that situates its contents within the Buddhist tradition as a whole.

The pieces offer concise depictions and analyses of particular aspects of Buddhist life, including temple architecture and iconography, the consecration of sacred objects, meditative practices, devotional expressions, exorcisms, and pilgrimage journeys. Topics discussed also include the construction of religio-political and religio-social hierarchies, gender roles, the management of asocial behavior, and confrontations with dying and death.


Author Notes

Frank E. Reynolds is Professor of Buddhist Studies and History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His many edited books include Myth and Philosophy (1990) and Religion and Practical Reason (1994). Jason A. Carbine specializes in Buddhist Studies within the History of Religions Program at the University of Chicago Divinity School.


Frank E. Reynolds is Professor of Buddhist Studies and History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His many edited books include Myth and Philosophy (1990) and Religion and Practical Reason (1994). Jason A. Carbine specializes in Buddhist Studies within the History of Religions Program at the University of Chicago Divinity School.


Table of Contents

James Bissett PrattDonald K. SwearerJuliane SchoberS. J. TambiahRobert E. BuswellHiroko KawanamiTaiko YamasakiHanna HavnevikCharles F. KeyesHolmes WelchRebecca Redwood FrenchJason A. CarbineRichard GombrichWilliam R. LaFleurPhilip KapleauJames Bissett PrattDonald K. SwearerJuliane SchoberS. J. TambiahRobert E. BuswellHiroko KawanamiTaiko YamasakiHanna HavnevikCharles F. KeyesHolmes WelchRebecca Redwood FrenchJason A. CarbineRichard GombrichWilliam R. LaFleurPhilip Kapleau
Note to the Readerp. ix
General Introductionp. 1
Part I Temples, Sacred Objects, and Associated Ritualsp. 21
Chapter 1 Temples and Monastic Complexes (Japan)p. 23
"A View of Temple Life and Practice"p. 24
Chapter 2 Image Consecrations (Thailand)p. 35
"Creating and Disseminating the Sacred"p. 36
Chapter 3 State Rituals and Ceremonies (Myanma)p. 45
"A Tooth Relic and the Legitimation of Power"p. 46
Chapter 4 Village Rituals and Ceremonies (Thailand)p. 61
"Bun Phraawes"p. 62
Part II Monastic Practicesp. 71
Chapter 5 The Ordination of Monks and Novices (Korea)p. 73
"Ordination in the Chogye Order"p. 74
Chapter 6 Female Renunciants (Myanma[r]/Burma)p. 85
"Theravadin Religious Women"p. 86
Chapter 7 Meditation (Japan)p. 97
"A Morning Star Meditation"p. 99
Chapter 8 The Monastic Quest: A Biographical Example (Tibet)p. 109
"The Biography of a Nun"p. 110
Chapter 9 Monastic Funerals (Thailand)p. 123
"The Cremation of a Senior Monk"p. 124
Part III Lay Practicesp. 137
Chapter 10 Lay Identity and Participation (China)p. 139
"Lay Praxis in a Mahayana Context"p. 140
Chapter 11 Cosmology and Law (Tibet)p. 151
"Buddhist Secular Law: Doctrines in Context"p. 152
Chapter 12 Cosmology and Healing (Sri Lanka)p. 161
"Yaktovil: The Role of the Buddha and Dhamma"p. 162
Chapter 13 Devotional Rituals: Recent Innovations (Sri Lanka)p. 179
"A New Theravadin Liturgy"p. 180
Chapter 14 Death and Beyond (Japan)p. 195
"Memorializing One's Mizuko"p. 196
Part IV Buddhism in the Westp. 207
Chapter 15 An American Examplep. 209
"Transmitting the Dharma"p. 211
Bibliographyp. 221
Contributorsp. 227
Indexp. 229
Note to the Readerp. ix
General Introductionp. 1
Part I Temples, Sacred Objects, and Associated Ritualsp. 21
Chapter 1 Temples and Monastic Complexes (Japan)p. 23
"A View of Temple Life and Practice"p. 24
Chapter 2 Image Consecrations (Thailand)p. 35
"Creating and Disseminating the Sacred"p. 36
Chapter 3 State Rituals and Ceremonies (Myanma)p. 45
"A Tooth Relic and the Legitimation of Power"p. 46
Chapter 4 Village Rituals and Ceremonies (Thailand)p. 61
"Bun Phraawes"p. 62
Part II Monastic Practicesp. 71
Chapter 5 The Ordination of Monks and Novices (Korea)p. 73
"Ordination in the Chogye Order"p. 74
Chapter 6 Female Renunciants (Myanma[r]/Burma)p. 85
"Theravadin Religious Women"p. 86
Chapter 7 Meditation (Japan)p. 97
"A Morning Star Meditation"p. 99
Chapter 8 The Monastic Quest: A Biographical Example (Tibet)p. 109
"The Biography of a Nun"p. 110
Chapter 9 Monastic Funerals (Thailand)p. 123
"The Cremation of a Senior Monk"p. 124
Part III Lay Practicesp. 137
Chapter 10 Lay Identity and Participation (China)p. 139
"Lay Praxis in a Mahayana Context"p. 140
Chapter 11 Cosmology and Law (Tibet)p. 151
"Buddhist Secular Law: Doctrines in Context"p. 152
Chapter 12 Cosmology and Healing (Sri Lanka)p. 161
"Yaktovil: The Role of the Buddha and Dhamma"p. 162
Chapter 13 Devotional Rituals: Recent Innovations (Sri Lanka)p. 179
"A New Theravadin Liturgy"p. 180
Chapter 14 Death and Beyond (Japan)p. 195
"Memorializing One's Mizuko"p. 196
Part IV Buddhism in the Westp. 207
Chapter 15 An American Examplep. 209
"Transmitting the Dharma"p. 211
Bibliographyp. 221
Contributorsp. 227
Indexp. 229

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