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Guardians Of The Buddha S Home

Author : Jessica Starling
ISBN : 9780824866952
Genre : Religion
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In Guardians of the Buddha’s Home, Jessica Starling draws on nearly three years of ethnographic research to provide a comprehensive view of Jōdo Shinshū (True Pure Land) temple life with temple wives (known as bōmori, or temple guardians) at its center. Throughout, she focuses on “domestic religion,” a mode of doing religion centering on more informal religious expression that has received scant attention in the scholarly literature. The Buddhist temple wife’s movement back and forth between the main hall and the “back stage” of the kitchen and family residence highlights the way religious meaning cannot be confined to canonical texts or to the area of the temple prescribed for formal worship. Starling argues that attaining Buddhist faith (shinjin) is just as likely to occur in response to a simple act of hospitality, a sense of community experienced at an informal temple gathering, or an aesthetic affinity with the temple space that has been carefully maintained by the bōmori as it is from hearing the words of a Pure Land sutra intoned by a professional priest. For temple wives, the spiritual practice of button hōsha (repayment of the debt owed to the Buddha for one’s salvation) finds expression through the conscientious stewardship of temple donations, caring for the Buddha’s home and opening it to lay followers, raising the temple’s children, and propagating the teachings in the domestic sphere. Engaging with what religious scholars have called the “turn to affect,” Starling’s work investigates in personal detail how religious dispositions are formed in individual practitioners. The answer, not surprisingly, has as much to do with intimate relationships and quotidian practices as with formal liturgies or scripted sermons.
Category: Religion

The Buddha S Light Philosophy

Author : Hsing Yun
ISBN : 9781932293456
Genre : Religion
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The Buddha's Light Philosophy examines the management and accomplishments of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order and the Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA). These organizations, founded to further the goals of Humanistic Buddhism, have flourished around the world and touched many lives. The Buddha's Light Philosophy traces their purpose, mission, concepts, and guidelines to provide the reader with an understanding of Humanistic Buddhist practice in the modern world.
Category: Religion

Guardian Angel

Author : Sara Paretsky
ISBN : 9781444761498
Genre : Fiction
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The seventh novel in the V.I. Warhawski crime series, set in Chicago, from prize-winning author Sara Paretsky. V.I. Warshawski's Chicago neighbourhood is prospering. As it's out with the old and in with the new, long-term residents like elderly Hattie Frizell find themselves viciously under threat . . . But that's not all that's troubling V.I. When the body of her neighbour's friend is found washed up in the Sanitary Canal, her investigations lead her to uncover a world of corporate conspiracy and political corruption involving some of Chicago's most prestigious industrial players. And after several attempts on her life, it seems that this time, V.I. may have dug too deep . . .
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Buddha On Wall Street

Author : Vaddhaka Linn
ISBN : 9781909314610
Genre : Religion
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'An original, insightful, and provocative evaluation of our economic situation today. If you wonder about the social implications of Buddhist teachings, this is an essential book.' David Loy, author Money, Sex, War, Karma. 'Lays bare the pernicious consequences of corporate capitalism and draws forth from Buddhism suggestions for creating benign alternatives conducive to true human flourishing.' Bhikkhu Bodhi, editor In the Buddha's Words. After his Enlightenment the Buddha set out to help liberate the individual and create a society free from suffering. The economic resources now exist to offer everyone decent food, shelter, work and leisure, to allow us to fulfil our potential as human beings. What is it in modern capitalism which prevents that? Can Buddhism build something better than our current economic system? Vaddhaka Linn explores these questions by examining our economic world from the moral standpoint of the Buddha.
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City Life In Japan

Author : Ronald Philip Dore
Genre : Cities and towns
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City Life In Japan

Author : Ron P. Dore
ISBN : 9781134250349
Genre : Social Science
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Incorporating a new expanded introduction. The continuing relevance of Ron Dore's classic study of Japanese urban life and social structures is widely accepted by urban sociologists and other social scientists concerned with the study of modern Japan.
Category: Social Science

Great Disciples Of The Buddha

Author : Nyanaponika
ISBN : 9780861718641
Genre : Religion
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A perennial favorite, Great Disciples of the Buddha is now relaunched in our best-selling Teachings of the Buddha series. Twenty-four of the Buddha's most distinguished disciples are brought to life in ten chapters of rich narration. Drawn from a wide range of authentic Pali sources, the material in these stories has never before been assembled in a single volume. Through these engaging tales, we meet all manner of human beings - rich, poor, male, female, young, old - whose unique stories are told with an eye to the details of ordinary human concerns. When read with careful attention, these stories can sharpen our understanding of the Buddhist path by allowing us to contemplate the living portraits of the people who fulfilled the early Buddhist ideals of human perfection. The characters detailed include: Sariputta Nanda Mahamoggallana Mahakassapa Ananda Isidasi Anuruddha Mahakaccana Angulimala Visakha and many more. Conveniently annotated with the same system of sutta references used in each of the other series volumes, Great Disciples of the Buddha allows the reader to easily place each student in the larger picture of Buddha's life. It is a volume that no serious student of Buddhism should miss.
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Jizo Bodhisattva

Author : Jan Chozen Bays
ISBN : 9781590300800
Genre : Religion
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Jizo is an important bodhisattva or "saint" of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Most prominent today in Japanese Zen, Jizo is understood to be the protector of those journeying through the physical and spiritual realms. This bodhisattva is closely associated with children, believed to be their guardian before birth, throughout childhood, and after death. Here, an American Zen master offers an engaging and informative overview of the history of this important figure and conveys the practices and rituals connected with him, including a simple ceremony for remembering children who have died. Inspired by her own personal experience with Jizo practice, Bays explains how the Buddhist teachings on Jizo can bring peace to those confronted with suffering and loss.
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A House For Buddha

Author : Ross Parmenter
ISBN : UOM:39015033966923
Genre : Architecture, Buddhist
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This book describes the author's pilgrimage that coincided with his "mid-life" crisis. Ishiteji, a Buddhist temple in Matsuyama on Sikoku is the focus of his three-month stay in Japan. He begins drawings of building that slowly unfold an understanding not only of Japanese ecclesiastical style, but also of the part nature plays in such architecture. At the same time the book bears witness to the author's changes from his Western pre-conceptions of the Japanese to developing deep friendships there.
Category: Architecture, Buddhist

Nature Across Cultures

Author : Helaine Selin
ISBN : 9789401701495
Genre : Science
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Nature Across Cultures: Views of Nature and the Environment in Non-Western Cultures consists of about 25 essays dealing with the environmental knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. In addition to articles surveying Islamic, Chinese, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Indian, Thai, and Andean views of nature and the environment, among others, the book includes essays on Environmentalism and Images of the Other, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Worldviews and Ecology, Rethinking the Western/non-Western Divide, and Landscape, Nature, and Culture. The essays address the connections between nature and culture and relate the environmental practices to the cultures which produced them. Each essay contains an extensive bibliography. Because the geographic range is global, the book fills a gap in both environmental history and in cultural studies. It should find a place on the bookshelves of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as in libraries serving those groups.
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Buddha Yoga

Author : William Bodri
ISBN : 0999833030
Genre : Religion
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The path to enlightenment, self-realization, moksha or spiritual liberation is essentially a pathway of Yoga. Specifically, this pathway of "Buddha Yoga" entails both mental meditation practice and inner cultivation of the Qi or Prana within your body via your willpower so that you can attain the first fruit of the spiritual path, which is an independent spiritual body that can leave your physical body at will. Buddha Yoga is also a pathway that requires you to polish your mind and behavior so that you can achieve the purity of virtue in thought, word and deed. Regardless of their religion and hard work at spiritual training, most people won't achieve the initial fruit of the spiritual path because they usually lack the proper instructions and devotion to effective spiritual practice efforts. The most they can then hope for is success in the afterlife, during which time they can choose to become Bodhisattva protectors or guardian spirits for all sorts of earthly activities. Why waste time if you can start training for such a role now? That being the case, this book teaches ordinary people how to properly perform spiritual practices and how they can most effectively train to become a guardian spirit, Buddha or Bodhisattva of their own choosing. This includes spiritual careers as protectors of nations, cities, people's health, wealth, agriculture and so forth. This is a form of Karma Yoga. It reviews common spiritual teachings about the origin of the universe and consciousness, helps you decide upon your own specific life purpose or purposes within life, delineates the Yoga practice methods for cultivating the physical body and stages of emptiness meditation required of Buddha Yoga, goes over several foundational topics of study for becoming various types of guardian spirits or Bodhisattva protectors for humanity, and reveals how religious professionals can better help greater society through certain forms of self-study. A tour de force of countless practical topics, in addition to training guides of various types it also reveals how spiritual leaders can more easily raise money for their centers and efforts.
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A Dictionary Of Chinese Buddhist Terms

Author : William Edward Soothill
ISBN : 0700703551
Genre : Social Science
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This invaluable interpretive tool, first published in 1937, is now available for the first time in a paperback edition specially aimed at students of Chinese Buddhism. Those who have endeavoured to read Chinese texts apart from the apprehension of a Sanskrit background have generally made a fallacious interpretation, for the Buddhist canon is basically translation, or analogous to translation. In consequence, a large number of terms existing are employed approximately to connote imported ideas, as the various Chinese translators understood those ideas. Various translators invented different terms; and, even when the same term was finally adopted, its connotation varied, sometimes widely, from the Chinese term of phrase as normally used by the Chinese. For instance, klésa undoubtedly has a meaning in Sanskrit similar to that of, i.e. affliction, distress, trouble. In Buddhism affliction (or, as it may be understood from Chinese, the afflicters, distressers, troublers) means passions and illusions; and consequently fan-nao in Buddhist phraseology has acquired this technical connotation of the passions and illusions. Many terms of a similar character are noted in the body of this work. Consequent partly on this use of ordinary terms, even a well-educated Chinese without a knowledge of the technical equivalents finds himself unable to understand their implications.
Category: Social Science

Bangkok Guide

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105122249282
Genre : Bangkok (Thailand)
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Category: Bangkok (Thailand)

The Tinker

Author : Michael H. Riley
ISBN : 9780976737247
Genre : Education
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Tinkers are young single people who make deliberate overnight visits to married couples for purposes of conversation, conservation, socialization and education.
Category: Education

Buddhist Architecture Of Korea

Author : Sung-woo Kim
ISBN : MINN:31951D02767293M
Genre : Architecture
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In his foreword, author Sung-woo Kim says, All people seek after truth. They seek the truth that will explain life and death and help them to make the best of themselves. With Buddhist Architecture of Korea, temples that have dotted the Korean peninsula for almost 2,000 years are examined in great detail, including the role they have played in helping Koreans on their own quest for truth. Buddhist architecture is an integral part of its iconography, making this book indispensable.
Category: Architecture