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 The Vital Points of the Bodhisattva Discipline

Susanne Mrozik

in Virtuous Bodies: The Physical Dimensions of Morality in Buddhist Ethics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195305005
eISBN:
9780199785681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305005.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter outlines what the Compendium of Training calls the “vital points” of the bodhisattva discipline, demonstrating the centrality of body to the bodhisattva ideal. It includes an analysis of ... More


Yongming Yanshou: Scholastic as Chan Master

Mario Poceski

in Zen Masters

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195367645
eISBN:
9780199777181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367645.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In Western discourses on Zen, Yongming Yanshou’s (904–975) name is rarely mentioned. Where Yanshou’s name is mentioned, it is often used pejoratively as the antithesis of a “real” Zen master. The Zen ... More


Ethics for Mādhyamikas

Bronwyn Finnigan and Koji Tanaka

in Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199751426
eISBN:
9780199827190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751426.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter investigates implications of the Madhyamaka doctrine of two truths for ethics, focusing on the possibility of justifying ethical precepts given the doctrine of the two truths and the ... More


Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path

Candrakirti

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151138
eISBN:
9780199870448
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151135.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Āryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas (Catuḥśataka) is a Mahāyāna Buddhist text that describes the Bodhisattva's path toward enlightenment. In his commentary on this text, the Indian Buddhist philosopher ... More


The Great Agent: Universal Monarchs and Buddhas

Hans H. Penner

in Rediscovering the Buddha: Legends of the Buddha and Their Interpretation

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195385823
eISBN:
9780199870073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385823.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter restores a very important mythical figure to his rightful place alongside the legends of the Buddha. They are both called “Great Agents,” great conquerors and renouncers. They both have ... More


The Perfection of Generosity

Dale S. Wright

in The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195382013
eISBN:
9780199870332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382013.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Chapter 1 is divided into two sections. The first section presents an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the perfection of generosity. The second section raises questions about how ... More


Mahāyāna Ethics before Śāntideva

Charles Goodman

in Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195375190
eISBN:
9780199871377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375190.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses the ethical views presented in texts from the Indian Mahayana Buddhist tradition, focusing on the Chapter on Ethics of Asanga. Mahāyāna texts advocate the Bodhisattva path of ... More


Attaining Enlightenment

Todd Lewis and Subarna Tuladhar

in Sugata Saurabha: An Epic Poem from Nepal on the Life of the Buddha by Chittadhar Hridaya

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195341829
eISBN:
9780199866816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341829.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter goes back to the day after the prince's departure. From this chapter onward the poet describes Siddhārtha in accordance with Buddhist norms. He recounts his wandering and begging, then ... More


Confronting Their Demons

Robert DeCaroli

in Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religion and the Formation of Buddhism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195168389
eISBN:
9780199835133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168380.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The relationship between Buddhism and popular deities unquestionably changed over time. With the emergence of new forms of Buddhism, the spirit deities take on new roles and, in some cases, even have ... More


The History of the Buddha's Relic Shrine: A Translation of the Sinhala Thūpavaṃsa

Stephen C. Berkwitz

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195301397
eISBN:
9780199785100
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301397.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Buddhist chronicles have long been had a central place in the study of Buddhism. Scholars, however, have relied almost exclusively on Pali works that were composed by elites for learned audiences, to ... More


Visualizing a Buddhist Sutra: Text and Figure in Himalayan Art

Laxman S. Thakur

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195673142
eISBN:
9780199081943
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673142.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book discusses the analysis of Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra.The Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra is a grand scripture covering a number of complicated themes and intricate Buddhist ideas. The study is confined to the ... More


Yongming Yanshou and the Complexities of Chan Identity

Albert Welter

in Yongming Yanshou’s Conception of Chan in the Zongjing lu: A Special Transmission Within the Scriptures

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199760312
eISBN:
9780199897322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760312.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores the hagiographical records of Yanshou’s life, reflecting on these not so much for the information they provide about Yanshou, but as indications of the aspirations and motives ... More


Prayer and Chanting

Kim Iryŏp

in Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824838782
eISBN:
9780824871468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824838782.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In this chapter, Kim Iryŏp reflects on the importance of prayer and chanting in Buddhist practice. According to Iryŏp, we pray to Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva because we believe that she can make ... More


Conclusion

Peter Schwieger

in The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China: A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168526
eISBN:
9780231538602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168526.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This concluding chapter summarizes key points in the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It argues that from the time the Qing emperors began enforcing their sovereignty over ... More


Science and Self-Cultivation

Erik J. Hammerstrom

in The Science of Chinese Buddhism: Early Twentieth-Century Engagements

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780231170345
eISBN:
9780231539586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170345.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Shows that Buddhists made the study of science an integral part of the Bodhisattva path of self-cultivation. They incorporated the study of science into a model of spiritual development commonly ... More


Translation: Signs from the Unseen Realm

in Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836023
eISBN:
9780824869601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836023.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter provides the English translation of Wang Yan's Records of Signs from the Unseen Realm. It also discusses some of the remarkable events in the narrative such as: Wang Yan's attachment to ... More


Crucified Wisdom: Theological Reflection on Christ and the Bodhisattva

S. Mark Heim

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780823281244
eISBN:
9780823285990
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823281244.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This book is the first systematic discussion of the bodhisattva path in Māhayāna Buddhism from the perspective of Christian comparative theology. With the increasing interest and participation of ... More


The Tibetan Buddhist World

Timothy Brook, Michael van Walt van Praag, and Miek Boltjes (eds)

in Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226562629
eISBN:
9780226562933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226562933.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

Buddhism and the authority of Tibetan hierarchs provided legitimacy of rule not only for Tibetans themselves, but for Mongol, Manchu, Bhutanese, Sikkimese, and Chinese rulers and their polities. The ... More


The Westernization of Tulkus

Elijah Ary

in Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860265
eISBN:
9780199979929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Tulku (sprul sku) tradition, i.e., the tradition of recognizing young children, predominantly boys, as the reincarnations of defunct Tibetan masters and subsequently educated to become a sort of ... More


Prologue: A Study of the Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra

Laxman S. Thakur

in Visualizing a Buddhist Sutra: Text and Figure in Himalayan Art

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195673142
eISBN:
9780199081943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673142.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter provides a short history of the Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra. It also investigates the fascinating murals, inscriptional panels, and manuscripts of the Tabo monastery. It provides an analysis of the ... More


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