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Is there any escape form the awareness of pain and the bonds of an unending cycle of life? Why are human subject to craving" What is the nature human beings? The Buddhist understanding of salvation is based upon such queries.

A thorough grasp of the function of craving in religious life is strategic to an understanding of Buddhism, yet its role in the Buddhist plan of salvation is easy to oversimplify and misinterpret. Matthews examines the concept of craving in Buddhism from both a phenomenological and religious perspective. He btings to the task a critical examination of key canonical texts of the Sutta Pitaka (Nikayas) as well as extensive travel in research of the meaning of craving for contemporary Buddhists, from learned monks to lay villagers. Having established the Buddhist perspective on how craving arises, how it affects the mind, and how it can be redirected, the volume concludes with spiritual implications of craving: crucial to awareness and freedom—emancipation—is the engagement and harnessing rather than suppression of craving.

The volume will be of interest to students of Buddhism, historians of religion, and persons interested in basic human questions.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Robert Lawson Slater
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1: CRAVING AND PAINFULNESS
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. 1. Dukkha
  2. pp. 6-10
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  1. 2. Personality and Painfulness
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. 3. The Pañcupādānakkhandhā (The Five Grasping Groups)
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. 4. The Paṭiccasamuppāda (Series of Dependencies)
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. 5. The Significance of the Concept of Consciousness in the Paṭiccasamuppāda
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. Chapter 2: MIND AND CRAVING
  2. p. 22
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  1. 1. Viññāṇa as "Consciousness"
  2. pp. 22-29
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  1. 2. Craving, Consciousness, and Rebirth
  2. pp. 29-32
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  1. 3. The Link of Upādāna
  2. pp. 32-34
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  1. 4. Consciousness, Craving, and Meditation
  2. pp. 34-37
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  1. 5. Mano (Mana)
  2. pp. 37-41
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  1. 6. Mano and Craving
  2. pp. 41-43
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  1. 7. Citta
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. 8. The Untrained Citta and Craving
  2. pp. 45-47
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  1. 9. The Trained Citta
  2. pp. 48-52
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  1. 10. The Unconscious and Taṇhā
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. 11. Previous Scholarship
  2. pp. 53-55
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  1. 12. Sankhāra
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. 13. Sankhāra as Volition
  2. pp. 57-59
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  1. 14. Abhisankhāra and the Case of A.1.111
  2. pp. 59-61
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  1. 15. Sankhāra Understood as Conscious and Unconscious Volition
  2. pp. 61-65
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  1. 16. Factors of the Unconscious: Dormant Tendencies, Dispositional Roots and Cankers
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. 17. The Unwholesome Roots
  2. pp. 68-70
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  1. 18. The Cankers
  2. pp. 70-73
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  1. Chapter 3: CRAVING AND EMANCIPATION
  2. p. 74
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  1. 1. The Buddhist Concept of Will
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. 2. The Affirmative Character of Buddhist Conative Psychology
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. 3. Changing the Current of Desire: Taṇhā as "Wholesome" (kusala) Craving
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. 4. The Dynamics of Willing (Chanda)
  2. pp. 82-85
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  1. 5. Development of the Senses (Indriyāni)
  2. pp. 85-89
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  1. 6. Craving and Meditation
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. 7. Techniques of Meditation
  2. pp. 92-102
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  1. 8. Wisdom (Paññā) and Nirvāṇa
  2. pp. 103-107
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  1. Chapter 4: CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 108-110
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 111-132
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  1. Index of Technical Terms
  2. pp. 133-138
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780889207103
Print ISBN
9780889201477
MARC Record
OCLC
1016791410
Pages
150
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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