By Helen Josephine Baroni

ISBN-10: 0823922405

ISBN-13: 9780823922406

From Booklist
This encyclopedia covers gala's, texts, doctrine, rituals, practices, biographies, deities and heroes, structure, mythology, sects, and associations of the spiritual culture lined. one of the greater than 1,700 entries are Dogen Kigan, Filial piety, and Shikhin Buddha. a lot of the content material includes brief, dictionary-type definitions, even supposing a few (for instance, Bodhisattva precepts, Buddha, Pilgrimage) are extra expansive. The illustrations are all black and white, take place on nearly one-quarter of the pages, and typically conceal below part a web page. The entries comprise broad cross-references, and the "Contents through Subject" at first of the encyclopedia aids the reader in finding thematically similar entries. The insurance of the topic parts is good.
The encyclopedia might have been significantly greater with the inclusion of glossaries giving the phrases within the numerous languages concerned. A word list of Sanskrit, chinese language characters, pinyin and Wade-Giles chinese language transliteration equipment, and transliterated jap might considerably raise the application. even if the quantity is sufficient for the final reader, this conspicuous omission limits its usefulness for the worse researcher.

Libraries that have already got universal faith reference resources, corresponding to Eliade's The Encyclopedia of faith (Macmillan, 1987), will most likely locate no cause so as to add this new encyclopedia to their collections. another topic encyclopedias can also be extra precious. for instance, Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Kodansha, 1993) comprises the chinese language characters with eastern transliterations in addition to a long way improved illustrations and provides reliable insurance of non secular subject matters. even if, educational libraries helping huge spiritual stories departments should want to purchase The Ilustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism for the extra insurance. Public libraries that experience no different assets on Zen Buddhism may also examine it. RBB
Copyright © American Library organization. All rights reserved

Show description

Read Online or Download The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism PDF

Best buddhism books

Download e-book for kindle: The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How by Karuna Cayton

Buddhism asserts that we every one have the aptitude to loose ourselves from the legal of our difficulties. As practiced for greater than twenty-six hundred years, the method contains operating with, instead of opposed to, our melancholy, nervousness, and compulsions. We do that through spotting the ordinary methods our minds understand and react — the way in which they deceive.

Download PDF by Steven Heine, Charles S. Prebish: Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient

The heritage of Buddhism has been characterised via an ongoing rigidity among makes an attempt to maintain conventional beliefs and modes of perform and the necessity to adapt to altering cultural stipulations. Many advancements in Buddhist background, akin to the infusion of esoteric rituals, the increase of devotionalism and lay activities, and the assimilation of warrior practices, mirror the influence of frequent social adjustments on conventional spiritual buildings.

Download e-book for iPad: Early History of the Spread of Buddhism and the Buddhist by Nalinaksha Dutt

This paintings analyses the forces that helped within the propagation of Buddhism in India, and delineates the missionary actions of Buddha intimately. There are scholarly biographies of the good instructor touching by the way on subject matters hooked up together with his missionary actions. Such sketches, info which were laboriously accrued from the Buddhist scriptures and organized in this type of manner with the intention to allow one to work out the main points approximately Buddha's profession of their logical and chronological relatives so far as attainable, definitely have a cost within the eyes of students attracted to the heritage of the unfold of Buddhism.

Extra info for The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism

Example text

The Buddhist Religion: A Historical Introduction. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing. , 1996. Williams, Paul. Mahâyâna Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations. New York: Routledge, 1989. Bodhi Day The East Asian festival commemorating the day on which the historical Buddha, Siddharta Gautama, attained enlightenment. Traditionally observed on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, it is now commonly observed on December 8. In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the birth (hanamatsuri), death, and enlightenment of the Buddha on separate days.

Bishamon is traditionally pictured as having green skin. He wears jeweled armor and often carries a three-tined fork in his left hand; in other images, he carries a small pagoda in his left hand and a halbert (a combination spear and battle-axe) in his right hand. In Japan he is venerated apart from the other three guardian kings as one of the seven lucky gods (shichifukujin) and is regarded as the patron of doctors, travelers, and missionaries. Black Mountains (J. kokusan) An expression used in Zen for attachment to discriminating thinking, which hinders practice.

This rejection can be traced to the teachings of the historical Buddha. After six years of harsh ascetic practice, which brought him to the brink of death, Siddharta Gautama concluded that the extreme path of self-denial was not helpful in attaining enlightenment. He devised a path balancing extreme asceticism and hedonism (the quest for complete self-gratification). The Buddha called his path the middle way, the traditional name for what is now known as Buddhism. The Zen tradition maintains many of the modified forms of ascetic practice observed by other forms of Buddhism, especially within the monastic setting.

Download PDF sample

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism by Helen Josephine Baroni


by Daniel
4.3

Rated 4.93 of 5 – based on 42 votes