By Robert E. Buswell Jr.
Supplying a entire evaluation of 1 of Asia's most vital non secular and social forces, the Encyclopedia of Buddhism describes the Buddhist global view, easy teachings and practices of Buddhism, in addition to its diverse colleges and sects. as well as containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, artwork, structure, saints, demons, monastic orders, fairs, rites and ceremonies, this 2-vol. set explores the heritage of Buddhism, the several types it has taken in several components of the area, and the way Buddhism has mixed with different religions like Shinto, Confucianism, Daoism and Christianity.
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Since the death of the fetus is willfully caused, abortion is the subject of heated controversy. Just as Christians are divided in their opinions about abortion, Buddhists likewise present a range of views from unequivocal condemnation to active support. Between the extremes are various attempts to justify abortion without completely affirming it, or to question it without totally rejecting it. There are also those who remain silent on the issue. Early Buddhist teachings and practices Early Buddhist texts describe the formation of the fetus in great detail.
XUANZANG (ca. , is reported to have collected numerous texts of as many as seven mainstream Buddhist schools. These almost certainly included canonical abhidharma texts representing various schools. However, only two complete canonical collections, representing the Theravada and Sarvastivada schools, and several texts of undetermined sectarian affiliation are preserved. Even though each of the Theravada and Sarvastivada abhidharma collections contains seven texts, the individual texts of the two collections cannot be neatly identified with one another.
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Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Volumes 1-2 by Robert E. Buswell Jr.