the sociology of early buddhism

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The Sociology Of Early Buddhism

Author : Greg Bailey
ISBN : 1139438905
Genre : Religion
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Early Buddhism flourished because it was able to take up the challenge represented by buoyant economic conditions and the need for cultural uniformity in the newly emergent states in north-eastern India from the fifth century BCE onwards. This book begins with the apparent inconsistency of Buddhism, a renunciant movement, surviving within a strong urban environment, and draws out the implications of this. In spite of the Buddhist ascetic imperative, the Buddha and other celebrated monks moved easily through various levels of society and fitted into the urban landscape they inhabited. The Sociology of Early Buddhism tells how and why the early monks were able to exploit the social and political conditions of mid-first millennium north-eastern India in such a way as to ensure the growth of Buddhism into a major world religion. Its readership lies both within Buddhist studies and more widely among historians, sociologists and anthropologists of religion.

Karma And Rebirth In Classical Indian Traditions

Author : Wendy Doniger
ISBN : 0520039238
Genre : History
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The Religion Of India

Author : Max Weber
ISBN : 8121505712
Genre : Religion
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Classic on the connection between religious institutions and administration, bureaucracy.

Ascetic Figures Before And In Early Buddhism

Author : Martin G. Wiltshire
ISBN : 3110098962
Genre : Religion
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Guide To Buddhist Philosophy

Author : Kenneth K. Inada
ISBN : STANFORD:36105007597466
Genre : Philosophy
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The Buddhist World Of Southeast Asia

Author : Donald K. Swearer
ISBN : 0791424596
Genre : Religion
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This is a synthesis and interpretation of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. No other book matches its depth and breadth or its balance of scholarly interpretation and readable personal portrayal.

Buddhisms And Deconstructions

Author : Jin Y. Park
ISBN : 0742534189
Genre : Philosophy
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Buddhisms and Deconstructions considers the connection between Buddhism and Derridean deconstruction, focusing on the work of Robert Magliola. Fourteen distinguished contributors discuss deconstruction and various Buddhisms - Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese (Chan) - followed by an afterword in which Magliola responds directly to his critics.

The Sociology Of Philosophies

Author : Randall COLLINS
ISBN : 0674029771
Genre : Philosophy
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Randall Collins traces the movement of philosophical thought in ancient Greece, China, Japan, India, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. What emerges from this history is a social theory of intellectual change, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent local construction of meanings. Instead, Collins focuses on the social locations where sophisticated ideas are formed: the patterns of intellectual networks and their inner divisions and conflicts.

Dynamic Psych Early Budd

Author : Curzon
ISBN : UVA:X000076491
Genre : Social Science
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Early Buddhist Meditation

Author : Keren Arbel
ISBN : 9781317383987
Genre : Religion
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This book offers a new interpretation of the relationship between 'insight practice' (satipatthana) and the attainment of the four jhànas (i.e., right samàdhi), a key problem in the study of Buddhist meditation. The author challenges the traditional Buddhist understanding of the four jhànas as states of absorption, and shows how these states are the actualization and embodiment of insight (vipassanà). It proposes that the four jhànas and what we call 'vipassanà' are integral dimensions of a single process that leads to awakening. Current literature on the phenomenology of the four jhànas and their relationship with the 'practice of insight' has mostly repeated traditional Theravàda interpretations. No one to date has offered a comprehensive analysis of the fourfold jhàna model independently from traditional interpretations. This book offers such an analysis. It presents a model which speaks in the Nikàyas' distinct voice. It demonstrates that the distinction between the 'practice of serenity' (samatha-bhàvanà) and the 'practice of insight' (vipassanà-bhàvanà) – a fundamental distinction in Buddhist meditation theory – is not applicable to early Buddhist understanding of the meditative path. It seeks to show that the common interpretation of the jhànas as 'altered states of consciousness', absorptions that do not reveal anything about the nature of phenomena, is incompatible with the teachings of the Pàli Nikàyas. By carefully analyzing the descriptions of the four jhànas in the early Buddhist texts in Pàli, their contexts, associations and meanings within the conceptual framework of early Buddhism, the relationship between this central element in the Buddhist path and 'insight meditation' becomes revealed in all its power. Early Buddhist Meditation will be of interest to scholars of Buddhist studies, Asian philosophies and religions, as well as Buddhist practitioners with a serious interest in the process of insight meditation.

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