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Lay Buddhism and Spirituality: From Vimalakirti to the Nenbutsu Masters

Lay Buddhism and Spirituality: From Vimalakirti to the Nenbutsu Masters (Hardback)

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Early issues of The Eastern Buddhist contain short translations from various Buddhist texts, some of them quite important and all of considerable interest. Since they are set unobtrusively between modern statements and arguments about the nature of Buddhism, and in any case are difficult to locate, they have often gone unnoticed by students. Assembled here is a selection of those texts which have stood the test of time. Derived from Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese originals, they illustrate the importance of lay spirituality for Japanese Buddhists, both in the nenbutsu tradition and in the wider context of Mahayana Buddhism. Drawing them together into one volume brings out the fact that these varied Buddhist traditions are intricately related to each other. The result is an unusual and fascinating reader which would grace many a course in Buddhist studies.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsBuddhismReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionSpirituality & religious experience Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 15/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9781908049148  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Michael Pye is Professor (emeritus) at Marburg University and a visiting Research Associate of Otani University in Kyoto. His writings have ranged widely over problems in the study of religions, studies in Buddhist thought and many aspects of contemporary Japanese religion. His major publications include Skilful Means and Emerging from Meditation.

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