By Stephen C. Berkwitz
Amassing the paintings of best gurus on Buddhism in several societies worldwide, this e-book info the nation of the faith in Asian nations the place it's a significant cultural impact and in North the USA. the faith has replaced to fulfill the demanding situations of modernity; its practitioners have integrated these suggestions and this paintings examines these adjustments in-depth.A complete assessment of ancient Buddhist perform grounds the reader for the full 9 chapters, each one of that is geared up through geographical region and follows the trail Buddhism took because it unfold throughout Asia and into North the US. each one bankruptcy offers box examine and demanding mirrored image on what constitutes smooth Buddhism in a single of 9 international locations or areas. Histories of Buddhism are universal; this can be the one resource for in-depth info on glossy Buddhism.
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There is also evidence of authors writing texts surveying the historical development of Buddhism in their native lands. Systematic accounts of the history and teachings of Buddhist schools were written in early modern Japan and, in Burma, the Sasanavamsa that details the history of the Buddha’s Dispensation (sasana) as it moved from India to Burma was composed in 1861. Such historicist enterprises speak to colonial-era interests in mapping out the national landscape for the development of Buddhism.
There is little evidence that could point to the widespread practice of meditation by the laity, but instead they could be expected to have performed various rituals associated with protection and death despite the devaluing of such practices by Orientalist scholars and Buddhist modernists. qxd 2/16/06 1:45 PM Page 23 The History of Buddhism in Retrospect into what Buddhist texts actually said in order to learn about Buddhism probably encouraged Buddhists to rely more on textual representations of their religion.
Once rediscovered, these Treasure Texts came to represent the authoritative instructions of respected figures from history, legitimating the practices and positions of Nyingma teachers. Among the more prominent forms of Nyingma practice is a kind of meditation called dzogchen, or Great Perfection. In this practice, a pupil is guided by a teacher to discover the innate purity of his or her awakened mind, concentrating on the essence of consciousness. The ties that the Nyingma cultivated with the past, based on their claims to be reviving an older form of Buddhism imported into Tibet by Padmasambhava, contributed to the success and survival of this school in the midst of the reforms undertaken by others.
Buddhism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives (Religion in Contemporary Cultures) by Stephen C. Berkwitz