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This introduction to Buddhism examines its basic philosophical teachings and historical development, setting forth complex and significant ideas in a straightforward and simple style that is easily accessible to the student. The author's orientation is philosophical, rather than religious or sociological. This approach is both the uniqueness and the strength of the work.Part I outlines the historical background out of which Buddhism arose and emphasizes the teachings of early Buddhism. Part II examines developments in the history of Buddhist thought and the emergence of the various schools of Buddhism.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Early Buddhism
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter One. Historical Background
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. Chapter Two. Epistemology
  2. pp. 16-25
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  1. Chapter Three. Causality
  2. pp. 26-35
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  1. Chapter Four. The Three Characteristics of Existence
  2. pp. 36-43
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  1. Chapter Five. Karma and Rebirth
  2. pp. 44-55
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  1. Chapter Six. Morality and Ethics
  2. pp. 56-68
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  1. Chapter Seven. Nirvana
  2. pp. 69-90
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  1. Later Buddhism
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. Chapter Eight. Beginnings of Scholasticism and Mahayana
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. Chapter Nine. Scholasticism-Theravada, Sarvastivada,and Sautrantika
  2. pp. 97-111
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  1. Chapter Ten. Development of Mahayana
  2. pp. 112-128
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  1. Chapter Eleven. Madhyamika Transcendentalism
  2. pp. 129-141
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  1. Chapter Twelve. Yogacara Idealism
  2. pp. 142-152
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  1. Appendix I. Metaphysics and the Buddha
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. Appendix 2. Reflections on the Relation between Early Buddhism and Zen
  2. pp. 163-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-189
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824861711
Related ISBN
9780824803926
MARC Record
OCLC
48138962
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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