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Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations Paul Williams, University of Bristol, UK Praise for the first edition: – – ‘An admirable introduction to the Mahayana traditions, both for the undergraduate student and others who wish to explore the “Great Vehicle.” Such a useful, up-to-date overview fills a real need. Moreover, its thorough references can be used as a basis for further study and research.’ – Religious Studies

‘This will, without doubt, become a standard – – textbook on the Mahayana.’ – Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society – – Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western – – interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism. – – Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as one of the standard introductions to the field. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new research. It includes much more – – material on Mahayana Buddhism in China and Japan, – – with appropriate reference to Nepal, including Mahayana history and practice, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnote cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams’ book the ideal companion to their studies.

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Introduction to Buddhist Meditation Sarah Shaw

With a Chapter on Tibetan Buddhism by Georgios Halkias, The Warburg Institute, UK Sarah Shaw’s lively and engaging Introduction to Buddhist Meditation offers students and practitioners alike a deeper understanding of what meditation is, and its purpose and place in the context of different Buddhist schools. She describes the historical background to the geographical spread of Buddhism, and examines the way in which some meditative practices developed as this process occurred. Other chapters cover types of meditation, meditation in different regions, meditation and doctrine, and the role of chanting within meditation. Although not a practical guide, it outlines the procedures associated with Buddhist practices and suggests appropriate activities in a non-technical style suitable for both students and interested Buddhists. This unique book is brought to life by vivid quotations from Buddhist texts and richly is illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Selected Contents: 1. Buddhism and its Background 2. Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Wisdom and Concentration 3. Tracing Back the Radiance: Buddhist Theories of the Mind 4. The Objects for Meditation 5. Chanting as Meditation 6. Meditation Traditions of Southern Buddhism 7. India 8. Tibet 9. China 10. Korea and Vietnam 11. Japan 12. Modern Developments May 2008: 234x156: 244pp Hb: 978-0-415-40899-8: £60.00 Pb: 978-0-415-40900-1: £14.99 • AVAILABLE AS AN INSPECTION COPY

June 2008: 216x138: 320pp Hb: 978-0-415-35652-7: £65.00 Pb: 978-0-415-35653-4: £19.99 eBook: 978-0-203-42847-4 • AVAILABLE AS AN INSPECTION COPY

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Buddhism

Introducing Japanese Religion

Burkhard Scherer, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Robert Ellwood, University of Southern California, USA

‘I am delighted to know that Burkhard Scherer has written a concise historical introduction to Buddhism that gives a clear account of who the Buddha was, what he taught and how that doctrine and the community that followed it developed and grew. I have no doubt that readers interested to know more about Buddhism will find much to intrigue them here.’ – The Dalai Lama

Series: World Religions Series

This fresh and lively text is the perfect short introduction to Buddhism for beginners and students of this fascinating religion. Beginning with the life of the Buddha, it then introduces the key concepts and beliefs underlying each of the three major strands: – – Early Buddhism (including Theravada), Mahayana and Vajrayana. Readers will find here information on everything from the Four Noble Truths to the Lotus Sutra, and from the Diamond Way to sexual yoga and working with inner energy. Scherer’s approach to each tradition is balanced and impartial. With its special focus on Buddhist psychology and spirituality, the book is also invaluable reading for Buddhist groups. September 2008: 234x156: 224pp Hb: 978-0-415-45155-0: £55.00 Pb: 978-0-415-45156-7: £14.99 • AVAILABLE AS AN INSPECTION COPY

Introducing Japanese Religion is the ideal resource for students who are beginning their studies of the religious traditions of Japan. It offers a living picture of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, and a rich understanding of the history and practice of religions in Japan. Robert Ellwood explores the religious heritage of this fascinating country, from the dawn of spirituality to the present day. He gives special attention to the traditions of Shinto, the different forms of Buddhism in Japan, including Shingon and Tendai, and Confucianism. He also explores Japanese New Religious Movements, including Aum Shrinrikyo. Each religion is clearly described in terms of its history, practice, sociology and organization, and Ellwood emphasizes how, in practice, Japanese religion interacts and intermingles. Finally, Ellwood discusses the influence of Japan on popular culture, including discussion of anime, and the transmission of Japanese spiritual, mythical and religious themes to the rest of the world. For more information, supplementary exercises, etc. please visit www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415774260 Selected Contents: 1. Encountering the Japanese Religious World: Introduction 2. The Past in the Present: A Survey of Japanese Religions, Starting at Ise and Nara 3. The Way of the Kami: Shinto Then and Now 4. Butsudo: What Buddhism is and How it Came to Japan 5. Magic Mountains and the Old Court: Heian Buddhism and Culture 6. Warrior Culture, Simple Faith: The Kamakura Buddhist Reformation 7. Swords and Satori: Zen and its Culture 8. Christ and Confucius: The West Arrives, and then Japan Turns Inward 9. The Rising Sun and the Dark Valley: The Meiji Restoration through 1945 10. Chanting and Dancing: The ‘New Religions’ of Japan 11. Pilgrimages: Religion in Japan Today 2007: 246x174: 288pp Hb: 978-0-415-77425-3: £60.00 Pb: 978-0-415-77426-0: £18.99 • AVAILABLE AS AN INSPECTION COPY


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Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo Richard F. Gombrich, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK –

2006: 216x138: 256pp Hb: 978-0-415-36508-6: £60.00 Pb: 978-0-415-36509-3: £18.99 • AVAILABLE AS AN INSPECTION COPY

Written by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism, this updated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka. Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha’s predecessors and the social and religious contexts against which Buddhism has developed and changed throughout history, demonstrating above all, how it has always influenced and been influenced by its social surroundings in a way which continues to this day. Selected Contents: Acknowledgements and Recommendations for Further Reading 1. Introduction 2. Gotama Buddha’s Problem Situation 3. The Buddha’s Damma 4. The Sangha’s Discipline 5. The Accommodation between Buddhism and Society in Ancient India 6. The Buddhist Tradition in Sri Lanka 7. Protestant Buddhism 8. Current Trends, New Problems. Works Cited, Abbreviations and Primary Sources. References. Index

Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition Paul Williams, University of Bristol, UK and Anthony J. Tribe ‘The strength of the book is the clarity of its presentation and the quality and breadth of the scholarship behind it ... It will be stimulating reading to anyone a little bewildered by the wealth and variety of Buddhist texts and practices ... It deserves to enter many a reading list.’ – Reviews in Religion and Theology

2000: 198x129: 336pp Hb: 978-0-415-20700-3: £60.00 Pb: 978-0-415-20701-0: £12.99 • AVAILABLE AS AN INSPECTION COPY

Buddhist Thought guides the reader towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha, to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Abstract and complex ideas are made understandable by the authors’ lucid style. Of particular interest is the up-to-date survey of Buddhist Tantra in India, a branch of Buddhism where strictly controlled sexual activity can play a part in the religious path. Williams’ discussion of this controversial practice as well as of many other subjects makes Buddhist Thought crucial reading for all interested in Buddhism.

Introducing Buddhism Charles S. Prebish, University of Pennsylvania, USA and Damien Keown, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK Introducing Buddhism is the ideal resource for all students beginning the study of this fascinating religion. Damien Keown and Charles S. Prebish, two of today’s leading Buddhist scholars, explain the key teachings of Buddhism, and trace the historical development and spread of the religion from its beginnings down to the present day. A chapter is devoted to each of the major regions where Buddhism has flourished: India, South East Asia, East Asia and Tibet. In addition to this regional focus, the introduction takes contemporary concerns into account, covering important and relevant topics such as Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics and Buddhism and the Western World, as well as a chapter devoted to Meditation. 2006: 246x174: 320pp Hb: 978-0-415-39234-1: £65.00 Pb: 978-0-415-39235-8: £17.99

Introducing Buddhism also includes illustrations, lively quotations from original sources, learning goals, summary boxes, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading, to aid study and revision.

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