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From a box essentially of curiosity to professional orientalists, the research of Buddhism has built to embody inter alia, theology and spiritual reviews, philosophy, cultural stories, anthropology and comparative reviews. there's now better direct entry to Buddhism within the West than ever earlier than, and Buddhist experiences are attracting expanding numbers of students.

This eight-volume set brings jointly seminal papers in Buddhist reports from an unlimited diversity of educational disciplines, released during the last 40 years. With a brand new creation by way of the editor, this assortment is a different and unrivalled study source for either scholar and scholar.

Acknowledgements XVI
Chronological desk of reprinted articles and chapters x1x
General advent xxix
1 l. a. building et le culte des stiipa d'apres les Vinayapi{aka 1
2 Asoka and Buddhism - a re-examination
3 The date of the Buddha reconsidered
4 at the very concept of the Pali Canon
5 Pali oral literature
6 The courting of the historic Buddha: a overview article
7 getting better the Buddha's message
8 The Buddha's publication of Genesis? 129
9 helping the useless by means of venerating the dwelling: advantage move in
the early Buddhist culture 147
10 fiddling with hearth: the prafityasamutpiida from the perspective
of Vedic concept 169
11 The evaluate of textual authenticity in Buddhism 188
12 The review of textual interpretation in Buddhism 199
13 spiritual suicide in early Buddhism 214
14 A assessment of scholarship at the Buddhist Councils 224
15 Theories about the Skandhaka: an appraisal 244
16 The Pratimok~a puzzle: truth as opposed to delusion 257
17 Nuns, laywomen, donors, goddesses: woman roles in early
Indian Buddhism 272

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Buddhism, Critical Concepts in Religious Studies, Volume 1

From a box essentially of curiosity to expert orientalists, the research of Buddhism has built to embody inter alia, theology and spiritual stories, philosophy, cultural experiences, anthropology and comparative experiences. there's now better direct entry to Buddhism within the West than ever prior to, and Buddhist reviews are attracting expanding numbers of scholars.

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And as is so often the case with scholarship, many of the most interesting and innovative discussions of our subject lie hidden away in journal collections that are normally available (if at all) only in libraries attached to large universities with a particular interest in Buddhist Studies. The present set of volumes seeks to reprint some of the more significant papers in Buddhist Studies of recent years that are otherwise available in the overwhelming majority of cases only in journals. This is because it is journal collections, and of course back copies of specialist journals, that are likely to be most difficult to find and access for many students and interested general readers.

There is a tendency nowadays for an academic subject to be approached through the core text, completely neglecting journal collections unless they are put together in course-readers by individual tutors. The present set, easily available, might xxxi GENERAL INTRODUCTION (one can always hope) encourage more students and teachers to make use of journal papers. The present papers are all in English and French, with of course the vast majority in English. Such reflects the intended readership of this collection.

1451, p. 222 c, 261 c, 402 a-c; T. 1435, p. 352 a), et l'archeologie egalement. '! ); on orne Ia colonne du stupa (J1f tt) de couleurs diverses, d'ocre rouge et de chaux; on fait des images (It) sur Ia colonne du stupa (T. 1435, p. 352 a). D. 'on peut meme dire, si I' on considere Ia masse des renseignements qui no us sont foumis ace sujet, que c'est surtout ace titre que le stupa interessait les auteurs des recueils de discipline. Ces donnees concement les diverses sortes d'offrandes faites au stupa, les images et les statues qui oment le monument ou ses annexes, les actes cultuels, les interdits cultuels, les idees religieuses sous-jacentes a ce culte et les regles relatives aux biens des stupa.

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