The Buddhist Tradition
Table of Contents
BUDDHISM IN INDIA
1 EARLY BUDDHISM [ALB]
Historical Setting. The Rise of Buddhism - Essentials of Theravada Buddhism - The Four Noble Truths - The Na-ture of Consciousness and the Chain of Causation- False Doctrines About the Soul - The Simile of the Chariot -Change and Identity - The Process of Rebirth – Karma - -Right Mindfulness - The Last Instructions of the Bud-dha - The Buddha in Nirvana - The City of Righteousness. The Practice of Theravada Buddhism - The Morals of the Monk - Care of the Body - Meritorious Action - The Virtue of Friendliness - Hatred and Love - Buddhism and Everyday Life. The Social and Political Order - Conditions of the Welfare Societies - Class and Caste in Buddhism - Ashoka: The Buddhist Emperor.
2 THE LIFE OF BUDDHA AS A WAY OF SALVATION [YH, WTdB]
Introduction. The Life of the Buddha - His Birth and the Sages' Prophecies - His Excursions from the Palace - His First Meditation - His Departure from Home and Family- The Failure of Asceticism – Enlightenment - His Compassion on the World.
3 "THE GREATER VEHICLE" OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM [ALB]
Introduction. The Bodhisattva - The Mahayana Ideal Is Higher Than That of the Theravada - The Suffering Savior - The Lost Son - Joy in All Things - The Good Deeds of the Bodhisattva - The Evils of Meat-Eating - The Gift of Food - The Three Bodies of the Buddha - Emptiness- Faith in Emptiness - Karma and Rebirth – Suchness - All Depends on the Mind - Nirvana Is Here and Now - Praise of Dharma - Perfect Wisdom Personified - The Blessings of Peace - The Divine Right (and Duty) of Kings - Magical Utterances.
4 TANTRICISM AND THE DECLINE OF BUDDHISM IN INDIA [ALB]
Introduction. Passion As a Means of Salvation - Everything Is Buddha.
5 THE COMING OF BUDDHISM TO CHINA [WTdBo, LH]
Introduction. Buddhism and the Chinese Tradition. The Introduction of Buddhism. Is Buddhism Un-Chinese? -Why Is Buddhism Not Mentioned in the Chinese Classics? -Why Do Buddhist Monks Do Injury to Their Bodies? - Why Do Monks Not Marry? Death and Rebirth - Why Should a Chinese Allow Himself to Be Influenced by Indian Ways? -Why Must a Monk Renounce Worldly Pleasures? - Why Does Mou Tzu Support His Contentions from Secular Rather Than Buddhist Literature? -Does Buddhism Have No Recipe for Immortality?
6 THE SCHOOLS OF CHINESE BUDDHISM I [LHo, WTCo, YHo, WTdBjo]
Introduction. The Three-Treatise School - The Twofold Truth. The School of Consciousness-Only - Confirmation of the Consciousness-Only System. The Lotus School: T'ien-t'ai Syncretism - All Things Have the Buddha-Nature - The Method of Concentration and Insight in the Mahayana Emptiness, Temporariness and the Mean -One Mind Comprises All Dharmas. The Flower Garland School - Principle and Fact -The Vow to Live the Life of Samanta bhadra - -On the Original Nature of Man.
7 SCHOOLS OF CHINESE BUDDHISM II [LHo, PYo, WTdB]
Pure Land Buddhism-Rebirth in the Pure Land – The Orthodoxy of the Pure Land Faith. The Parable of the White Path. The Meditation School-Introduction – The Platform Scripture of the Sixth Patriarch - Seeing into One's Own Nature - Anecdotes of the Master Ts'ao-shan. Con-clusion: The Fate of Buddhism.
BUDDHISM IN JAPAN
8 THE INTRODUCTION OF BUDDHISM TO JAPAN [WTdB]
Introduction. The Vision of Prince Shotoku. Buddhism in the Nara Period (Eighth Century). Buddhism and the State - The Ideal of the Buddhist Layman.
9 SAICHO AND THE LOTUS TEACHING [RT]
Introduction - Vow of the Uninterrupted Study of the Lotus Sutra-Regulations for Students of the Mountain School.
10 KUKAI AND ESOTERIC BUDDHISM [RT, Yho WTdB]
Introduction - Indications to the Three Teachings - Kukai and His Master - The Transmission of the Law - The Ten Stages of Religious Consciousness - A School of Arts and Sciences.
11 AMIDA AND THE PURE LAND [RT, WTdB, YH]
Introduction. Pioneers of Pure Land Buddhism - The Es-sentials of Salvation. Honen - Invocation of Amida - The One-Page Testament. Shinran and the True Pure Land Sect - Hymn to the True Faith in the Nembutsu - Shinran's Humble Faith. Rennyo - All Gods and Buddhas Are Wor-shiped in Amida.
12 NICHIREN'S FAITH IN THE LOTUS [RT, WTdB]
Introduction - Dedication to the Lotus - Condemnation of Honen - Nichiren As Prophet -The Value of Suffering- Nichiren As the Bodhisattva of Superb Action - Japan As the Center of Buddhism's Regeneration.
13 ZEN [RT, WTdB, YH]
Introduction. Zen Pioneers in Japan - Propagation of Zen for the Protection of the Country - Drink Tea and Prolong Life - Conversations of Dogen – Exertion - Realizing the Solution - Sitting and the Koan - The Importance of Sitting - Body and Mind - Sermon of Muso Kokushi at the Open-ing of Tenryil Monastery - Letter of Takuan to the Shogun's Fencing Master - Night Thoughts of Takuan-The Autobiography of Hakuin -The Dynamic Practice of Zen. Zen and the Arts.
|WTdB||Wm. Theodore de Bary|
|Capitalization and spellings are as they appear in the text.
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