By Helen Josephine Baroni
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
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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.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism by Helen Josephine Baroni