By Frank E. Reynolds, Jason A. Carbine
Bringing jointly fifteen essays via remarkable Buddhist students from Asia, Europe, and North the United States, this ebook bargains a particular portrayal of the "life of Buddhism." The members specialize in a few spiritual practices around the Buddhist international, from Sri Lanka to manhattan, Japan to Tibet. The essays spotlight no longer lots Buddhist doctrine or sacred texts, yet particularly the particular habit and lived event of Buddhist adherents.
A normal advent through Frank E. Reynolds and Jason A. Carbine presents a old evaluate and in brief characterizes the 3 significant versions of Buddhist tradition--the Hinayana/Theravada department practiced in Sri Lanka and lots more and plenty of Southeast Asia; the Mahayana department situated such a lot particularly in East Asia; and the Vajrayana/Esoteric department tested in Tibet and Japan. It additionally takes notice of a particular kind of Buddhism that's now rising between non-Asian practitioners within the West. The editors introduce each one essay with a short remark that situates its contents in the Buddhist culture as an entire.
The items supply concise depictions and analyses of specific elements of Buddhist lifestyles, together with temple structure and iconography, the consecration of sacred gadgets, meditative practices, devotional expressions, exorcisms, and pilgrimage trips. themes mentioned additionally comprise the development of religio-political and religio-social hierarchies, gender roles, the administration of asocial habit, and confrontations with loss of life and dying.