Buddhist Warfare

By Mark Juergensmeyer

Notwithstanding usually considered as a relaxed faith, Buddhism has a depressing aspect. On a number of events during the last fifteen centuries, Buddhist leaders have sanctioned violence, or even warfare. The 8 essays during this booklet specialize in numerous Buddhist traditions, from antiquity to the current, and express that Buddhist firms have used spiritual pictures and rhetoric to aid army conquest all through heritage.

Buddhist infantrymen in 6th century China got the illustrious prestige of Bodhisattva after killing their adversaries. In 17th century Tibet, the 5th Dalai Lama recommended a Mongol ruler's killing of his opponents. And in modern day Thailand, Buddhist infantrymen perform their tasks undercover, as absolutely ordained clergymen armed with weapons.

Buddhist struggle demonstrates that the discourse on faith and violence, frequently utilized to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, can not exclude Buddhist traditions. The e-book examines Buddhist army motion in Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and exhibits that even the main not likely and allegedly pacifist spiritual traditions are prone to the violent traits of man.

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The Essence of Jung's Psychology and Tibetan Buddhism: Western and Eastern Paths to the Heart

By Radmila Moacanin

The Essence of Jung's Psychology and Tibetan Buddhism cuts to the center of 2 very assorted but remarkably comparable traditions. the writer touches on a lot of their significant principles: the collective subconscious and karma, archetypes and deities, the analyst and the non secular good friend, and mandalas. inside of Tibetan Buddhism she makes a speciality of tantra and relates its emphasis on religious transformation, additionally an important obstacle of Jung. This multiplied version contains new fabric at the integration of the 2 traditions, and the significance of those paths of the guts in cutting-edge unsteady global.

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The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

By Amartya Sen

In 16 associated essays, Nobel Prize--winning economist Amartya Sen discusses India's highbrow and political background and the way its argumentative culture is key for the good fortune of its democracy and secular politics. The Argumentative Indian is "a bracing sweep via elements of Indian historical past and tradition, and a tempered research of the hugely charged disputes surrounding those subjects--the nature of Hindu traditions, Indian identification, the country's large social and financial disparities, and its present position on the earth" (Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times, U.K.).

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The Tibetan History Reader

By Gray Tuttle, Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Covering the social, cultural, and political improvement of Tibet from the 7th century to the trendy interval, this source reproduces crucial, hard-to-find essays from the previous fifty years of Tibetan stories, besides a number of new contributions. starting with Tibet's emergence as a local strength and concluding with its profound modern changes, the gathering is either a normal and particular background, connecting the activities of people, groups, and associations to broader ancient developments shaping Asia and the realm. With contributions from American, French, German, Italian, chinese language, jap, and Tibetan students, the anthology displays the overseas personality of Tibetan stories and its a number of, interdisciplinary views. via a ways the main concise scholarly anthology on Tibetan civilization in any Western language, this reader attracts a transparent portrait of Tibet's heritage, its relation to its associates, and its position in global affairs.

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A Buddhist Theory of Semiotics: Signs, Ontology, and Salvation in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Continuum Advances in Semiotics)

By Fabio Rambelli

One of the 1st makes an attempt ever to provide in a scientific means a non-western semiotic approach. This ebook appears at jap esoteric Buddhism and relies round unique texts, educated via particular and rigorous semiotic different types. it's a specific creation to special facets of the concept and rituals of the japanese Shingon tradition.

Semiotic issues are deeply ingrained within the Buddhist highbrow and non secular discourse, starting with the concept that the area isn't what it seems that to be, which demands a extra exact realizing of the self and truth. This in flip leads to sustained discussions at the prestige of language and representations, and at the probability and techniques to understand truth past myth; such odd wisdom is explicitly outlined as enlightenment. hence, for Buddhism, semiotics is at once correct to salvation; this can be a key element that's frequently overlooked even by means of Buddhologists. This e-book discusses extensive the most parts of Buddhist semiotics as dependent totally on unique eastern pre-modern resources. it's a the most important e-book within the fields of semiotics and spiritual studies.

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Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969-1982 (Shambhala Dragon Editions)

By Peter Matthiessen

In August 1968, naturalist-explorer Peter Matthiessen back from Africa to his domestic in Sagaponack, big apple, to discover 3 Zen masters in his driveway—guests of his spouse, a brand new scholar of Zen. 13 years later, Matthiessen was once ordained a Buddhist monk. Written within the related structure as his best-selling The Snow Leopard, Nine-Headed Dragon River finds Matthiessen's such a lot bold event of all: the hunt for his non secular roots.

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Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Popular for the wonder and ease of his teachings, Ajahn Chah used to be Thailand's best-known meditation instructor. His aura and knowledge motivated many American and ecu seekers, and contributed to shaping the yankee Vipassana group. This assortment brings jointly for the 1st time Ajahn Chah's strongest teachings, together with these on meditation, liberation from anguish, calming the brain, enlightenment and the 'living dhamma'. each one of these talks have formerly simply been on hand in restricted, deepest versions and the ebook of Food for the Heart as a result represents a momentous celebration: the highly elevated accessibility of his phrases and knowledge. Western lecturers corresponding to Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years and now readers can adventure them at once during this e-book.

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