Category: Buddhism

Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan: Revisiting the by Arezou Azad

By Arezou Azad

This booklet is set a sacred position known as Balkh, recognized to the traditional Greeks as Bactra. positioned within the north of modern Afghanistan, alongside the silk street, Balkh was once holy to many. The Prophet Zoroaster is rumoured to have died the following, and through past due antiquity, Balkh used to be the house of the Naw Bahār, a famed Buddhist temple and monastery. via the 10th century, Balkh had develop into a serious centre of Islamic studying and early poetry within the New Persian language that grew
after the Islamic conquests and remains to be spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and elements of critical Asia today.
In this e-book, Arezou Azad presents the 1st in-depth research of the sacred websites and panorama of medieval Balkh, which maintains to exemplify age-old sanctity within the Persian-speaking international and the japanese lands of Islam quite often. Azad makes a speciality of the 5 centuries from the Islamic conquests within the 8th century to simply prior to the coming of the Mongols within the 13th century, the an important interval within the emergence of Perso-Islamic historiography and Islamic felony inspiration. The e-book strains the
development of 'sacred landscape', the idea position has a sensory that means, as designated from a merely topographical area. This opens up new chances for our realizing of Islamisation within the jap Islamic lands, and particularly the transition from Buddhism to Islam. Azad deals a
new examine the medieval neighborhood heritage of Balkh, the Faḍā"il-i Balkh, and analyses its production of a sacred panorama for Balkh. In doing so, she presents a compelling instance of the way the sacredness of a spot is perpetuated via narratives, regardless of the dominant faith or spiritual strand of the time.

Show description

Continue reading "Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan: Revisiting the by Arezou Azad"

The Museum on the Roof of the World: Art, Politics, and the by Clare E. Harris

By Clare E. Harris

For thousands of individuals worldwide, Tibet is a site of undisturbed culture, the Dalai Lama a non secular advisor. in contrast, the Tibet Museum opened in Lhasa through the chinese language in 1999 used to be designed to reclassify Tibetan gadgets as cultural relics and the Dalai Lama as out of date. Suggesting that either those perspectives are suspect, Clare E. Harris argues in The Museum at the Roof of the World that for the previous 100 and fifty years, British and chinese language creditors and curators have attempted to transform Tibet itself right into a museum, a picture a few Tibetans have began to contest. This booklet is a robust account of the museums created by way of, for, or on behalf of Tibetans and the nationalist agendas that experience performed out in them.

 

Harris starts with the British public’s first come upon with Tibetan tradition in 1854. She then examines the position of imperial creditors and photographers in representations of the quarter and visits competing museums of Tibet in India and Lhasa. Drawing on fieldwork in Tibetan groups, she additionally files the actions of up to date Tibetan artists as they struggle to displace the utopian visions in their kingdom standard within the West, in addition to the unfavourable tests in their background universal in China. Illustrated with many formerly unpublished photos, this publication addresses the urgent query of who has the proper to symbolize Tibet in museums and beyond.

Show description

Continue reading "The Museum on the Roof of the World: Art, Politics, and the by Clare E. Harris"

When the Clouds Part: The Uttaratantra and Its Meditative by Karl Brunnholzl

By Karl Brunnholzl

"Buddha nature" (tathāgatagarbha) is the innate capability in all dwelling beings to turn into a completely woke up buddha. This e-book discusses quite a lot of issues hooked up with the idea of buddha nature as provided in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and contains an outline of the sūtra sources of the tathāgatagarbha teachings and the several methods of explaining the which means of this time period. It comprises new translations of the Maitreya treatise Mahāyānottaratantra (Ratnagotravibhāga), the first Indian textual content at the topic, its Indian commentaries, and (hitherto untranslated) commentaries from the Tibetan Kagyü culture. most crucial, the translator’s creation investigates intimately the meditative culture of utilizing the Mahāyānottaratantra as a foundation for Mahāmudrā instructions and the Shentong method. this can be supplemented via translations of a couple of brief Tibetan meditation manuals from the Kadampa, Kagyü, and Jonang colleges that use the Mahāyānottaratantra as a piece to consider and notice one’s personal buddha nature.

Show description

Continue reading "When the Clouds Part: The Uttaratantra and Its Meditative by Karl Brunnholzl"

Shobogenzo Band 3: Die Schatzkammer des wahren Dharma-Auges, by Meister Dogen,G W Nishijima,G Linnebach

By Meister Dogen,G W Nishijima,G Linnebach

Meister Dōgens Shōbōgenzō ist eine der wichtigsten und tiefgründigsten Schriften des Zen und sicher auch des gesamten Buddhismus. Zudem ist es zweifellos das philosophisch am besten begründete Werk, das je von einem Zen-Meister geschrieben wurde. Es wurde von Meister Dōgen in der Zeit von 1231 bis 1253 erarbeitet und ist die Aufzeichnung seiner tiefen Erfahrung und deren sprachliche Formulierung. Diese profunden und vielschichtigen Lehrreden, die Dōgen seinen Schülern — Mönchen, Nonnen und Laien — als philosophisch fundierte und konkrete Anleitungen vorgetragen hat, waren leider nach seinem Tod quickly ganz in Vergessenheit geraten. Sie waren lange nur in einem kleinen Kreis von Experten der Sōtō-Schule bekannt und wurden dort studiert. Erst seit dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts wurde der unerschöpfliche Wert dieses großen Werks wiederentdeckt. In den letzten Jahren nahm das Interesse an Dōgens Shōbōgenzō in weiten Kreisen zu, sodass wir hoffen, mit dieser Übersetzung dem dringenden Bedarf nach einer vollständigen, verlässlichen und möglichst verständlichen Fassung nachzukommen.

Die Ausgabe beruht auf der japanischen Ausgabe des Originaltextes von Zen-Meister Gudō Wafu Nishijima-Rōshi und wurde in enger Zusammenarbeit mit ihm von Ritsunen Gabriele Linnebach übersetzt. In dieser Übersetzung ging es uns einerseits darum, den japanischen Quellentext inhaltlich so genau wie möglich zu übersetzen und andererseits diesen textual content trotz seiner Schwierigkeit in eine möglichst klare und verständliche Sprache zu bringen. Dies folgt dem Anliegen Dōgens, Zen einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich zu machen und sich nicht auf eine Gruppe Gelehrter zu beschränken. Eine Fülle von Anmerkungen, die den textual content erläutern, soll diesem Anspruch in umfassender Weise gerecht werden.

Show description

Continue reading "Shobogenzo Band 3: Die Schatzkammer des wahren Dharma-Auges, by Meister Dogen,G W Nishijima,G Linnebach"

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of by Bhikkhu Bodhi,Nanamoli,Bodhi

By Bhikkhu Bodhi,Nanamoli,Bodhi

This e-book bargains a whole translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, or Middle size Discourses of the Buddha, one of many significant collections of texts within the Pali Canon, the licensed scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection--among the oldest documents of the old Buddha's unique teachings--consists of 152 suttas or discourses of heart size, distinct as such from the longer and shorter suttas of the opposite collections. The Majjhima Nikaya should be concisely defined because the Buddhist scripture that mixes the richest number of contextual settings with the private and such a lot entire collection of teachings. those teachings, which variety from simple ethics to directions in meditation and freeing perception, spread in a desirable procession of eventualities that exhibit the Buddha in residing discussion with humans from many alternative strata of old Indian society: with kings and princes, clergymen and ascetics, uncomplicated villagers and erudite philosophers. Replete with drama, reasoned argument, and illuminating parable and simile, those discourses show the Buddha within the complete glory of his resplendent knowledge, majestic sublimity, and compassionate humanity.

The translation relies on an unique draft translation left via the English scholar-monk Bhikkhu Nanamoli, which has been edited and revised by means of the yankee monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, who offers an extended creation and important explanatory notes. Combining lucidity of expression with accuracy, this translation allows the Buddha to talk throughout twenty-five centuries in language that addresses the main urgent issues of the modern reader looking rationalization of the undying problems with fact, worth, and the correct behavior of life.

Winner of the 1995 Choice journal remarkable educational booklet Award, and the Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dharma Discourse.

Show description

Continue reading "The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of by Bhikkhu Bodhi,Nanamoli,Bodhi"

Poison Blossoms From a Thicket of Thorn by Hakuin Zenji,Norman Waddell

By Hakuin Zenji,Norman Waddell

Hakuin Enkaku Zenji (1686-1769) used to be one of many maximum Zen masters to ever stay. in more to being the writer of the main well-known koan ever written, “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?” he's credited with reviving the Rinzai sect of Zen in Japan, possibly an important and such a lot rigorous department within the Golden Age of Buddhism. His “Song of Zazen” is chanted in monasteries day-by-day worldwide. Hakuin taught that there are 3 necessities to Zen perform: nice religion, nice Doubt, and nice unravel. basically Dogen comes just about matching the ability and breadth of his writing and teaching.

Norman Waddell has spent his existence studying and commenting at the titanic paintings of Hakuin. He has released numerous earlier choices, all resulting in his paintings in this significant, enormous collecting, the Keiso Dokuzui, by no means earlier than translated in any international language. Translating sacred texts calls for years of perform and intimate familiarity with the cloth in its unique language, in addition to entire mastery of the to be had statement. There’s not anyone alive larger able to dealing with this crucial and tough offering.

For this assortment Hakuin collected greater than 2 hundred person items, together with commentaries, memorials, poems, koans, and teisho (lectures). They have been provided to the numerous scholars residing round his temple in addition to to the numerous lay fans round the state, and Hakuin spent his lifestyles providing those teachings with his personal remark. result's an natural, transforming into number of realizing and recommendation, sure to interact Zen scholars in addition to non secular practitioners in different religious disciplines.

Show description

Continue reading "Poison Blossoms From a Thicket of Thorn by Hakuin Zenji,Norman Waddell"

Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick by Daniel Herman

By Daniel Herman

In Moby-Dick’s large philosophical musings and vital narrative arch, Herman reveals a philosophy very heavily aligned in particular with the unique teachings of Zen Buddhism. In exploring the chance of this hitherto undiscovered impact, Herman appears to be like at works Melville is both identified to have learn or that there's a powerful probability of his having come upon, in addition to providing a extra expansive attention of Moby-Dick from a Zen Buddhist standpoint, because it is expressed in either historic and smooth teachings. yet not just does the ebook delve deeply into one of many few facets of Moby-Dick’s building left unexplored by means of students, it additionally conceives of a wholly new approach of examining the best of yankee books—offering serious re-considerations of lots of its most important and contentious concerns, whereas targeting what Melville has to coach us approximately dealing with adversity, respecting ideological range, and dwelling skillfully in a fickle, slippery world.

Show description

Continue reading "Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick by Daniel Herman"

Original Innocence by Traktung Yeshe Dorje

By Traktung Yeshe Dorje

With the directness of a farmer naming the vegetation in his fields, Traktung Yeshe Dorje—farmer, mystic, pupil and poet—points out that transformation and enlightenment are attainable for every individual. they're the soil out of which our lives have sprouted, and aren't cut loose the floor of the non secular direction itself. unique innocence, no longer unique sin, is the intrinsic of the human brain, the writer asserts. he isn't on my own during this announcement. nice mystics and sages who've chanced on the essence of truth have additionally proclaimed “original innocence.” whereas their phrases and the flowering of this consciousness could have taken assorted expressions, the essence continues to be an analogous. this can be excellent news for the weary vacationer misplaced in samsara (confused perception). This harassed conception is like that of somebody with psychological ailment who thinks themselves to be Napoleon; or an anorexic who perceives themselves as fats. one of these advanced of thought-feeling-behavior therefore affects every thing they do. And so, samsara brings ache to one’s lifestyles. Essays, prices from seminal texts, poetry and instructing tales weave all through those pages, making a wealthy meal that any critical pupil of lifestyles can get pleasure from and be nourished by way of. The e-book is a hologram of non secular teachings—each web page a blueprint, a call for participation, and an immersion into the spaciousness of the author’s attention. From the top, so much complex teachings to the center beginnings—the four Noble Truths of the Buddha—nothing is at odds. All interact to light up a imaginative and prescient for reworking existence from agony to knowledge bliss.

Show description

Continue reading "Original Innocence by Traktung Yeshe Dorje"

Women and Buddhist Philosophy: Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryŏp by Jin Y. Park

By Jin Y. Park

Why and the way do girls interact with Buddhism and philosophy? the current quantity goals to reply to those questions by way of reading the existence and philosophy of a Korean Zen Buddhist nun, Kim Iryŏp (1896–1971). The daughter of a pastor, Iryŏp started wondering Christian doctrine as undefined. In many years, she turned more and more interested in women’s pursuits in Korea, conversing opposed to society’s regulate of girl sexuality and important sexual freedom and unfastened divorce for girls. whereas in her past due twenties, an existential flip in her considering led Iryŏp to Buddhism; she ultimately joined a monastery and went directly to turn into a number one determine within the lady monastic group till her death.

After taking the tonsure, Iryŏp the recommendation of her instructor and stopped publishing for greater than 20 years. She back to the area of letters in her sixties, utilizing her powerful, designated voice to handle primary questions about the scope of identification, the that means of being human, and the worth of lifestyles. In her writing, she often followed an autobiographical kind that mixed her stories with Buddhist teachings. via a detailed research of Iryŏp’s tale, Buddhist philosophy and perform in reference to East Asian new women’s hobbies, and continental philosophy, this quantity deals an artistic interpretation of Buddhism as either a philosophy and a faith actively engaged with lives as they're lived. It provides a desirable narrative on how girls connect to the world—whether via social concerns equivalent to gender inequality, a Buddhist worldview, or existential debates on human life and gives readers with a brand new method of philosophizing that's transformative and deeply attached with lifestyle.
Women and Buddhist Philosophy: attractive Zen grasp Kim Iryŏp will be of fundamental curiosity to students and scholars of Buddhism, Buddhist and comparative philosophy, and gender and Korean studies.

Show description

Continue reading "Women and Buddhist Philosophy: Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryŏp by Jin Y. Park"