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Dalai Lama

Gareth Sparham

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

Dalai Lama Introduction Dalai Lama is the honorific title of Tenzin Gyatso (Bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho, b. 1935), a Nobel Peace Prize winner and t...

Culture, Material

John Kieschnick

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2012-03-23

Material Culture Introduction The study of material culture belongs to a relatively young discipline that examines artifacts as well as ideas ...

Mahayana, Early

David Drewes

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-04-22

Early Mahayana Introduction In recent decades the study of early Mahayana has witnessed significant upheaval. Western scholars have abandoned ...

Modernism, Buddhist

David L. McMahan

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Buddhist Modernism Introduction Scholars have used a cluster of terms—“Protestant Buddhism,” “modern Buddhism,” and most commonly, “Buddhis...

Shinran

Jeff Wilson

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Shinran Introduction Shinran (b. 1173–d. 1262) was an obscure figure in his own time, but his teachings became the basis of the largest...

Abhijñā/Ṛddhi (Extraordinary Knowledge and Powers)

David Fiordalis

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-01-28

Abhijñā/Ṛddhi (Extraordinary Knowledge and Powers) Introduction Abhijñā (Pali: abhiññā) is a Buddhist technical term that refers most specific...

Japan, Buddhism in

Lori Meeks

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2012-11-21

Buddhism in Japan Introduction European missionaries and philologists undertook the earliest Western-language studies of Japanese Buddhism. In...

Amitābha

Galen Amstutz

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Amitābha Introduction The three topics Amitābha (in Japanese, Amida; in Chinese, Amituo), Pure Land Buddhism, and nenbutsu are always linke...

Self, Non-Self, and Personal Identity

Matthew Kapstein

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Self, Non-Self, and Personal Identity Introduction The precise nature of the Buddha’s doctrine, as he himself may have taught it, is subject ...

Nuns, Lives, and Rules

Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-02-26

Nuns, Lives, and Rules Introduction According to tradition, the order of Buddhist nuns (bhikṣunī sangha) began some five centuries before the ...

Literature, Chan

Jeffrey L. Broughton

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2011-11-29

Chan Literature Introduction In this survey, “Chan” (禪) refers to Chan texts produced in China from the early Tang dynasty (618–907) through th...

Cambodian Buddhism

John Marston

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2014-01-30

Cambodian Buddhism Introduction The study of Cambodian Buddhism has less clearly coalesced as a field than studies of Buddhism in the other ma...

Tibetan Book of the Dead

Casey Alexandra Kemp

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2011-11-29

Tibetan Book of the Dead Introduction The most famous work of Tibetan literature known to the West, the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thödol)...

Body, Buddhism and the

John Powers

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-03-19

Buddhism and the Body Introduction Unlike some Indian religions that posit an eternal “self” (atman) that serially inhabits bodies during the ...

Maitreya

Alan Sponberg

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2012-08-29

Maitreya Introduction The Sanskrit epithet Maitreya, or “The Benevolent One” (Pali Metteya; Sinhala Maitrī; Tib. Byam-pa = Jam-pa; Ch. Mi-le; ...

Philosophy, Classical Japanese Buddhist

Masato Ishida

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Classical Japanese Buddhist Philosophy Introduction The word “philosophy,” or tetsugaku in modern Japanese, can be perceived as problematic whe...

Sangha

Thomas Borchert

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Sangha Introduction The Sangha is the Buddhist community; it is the men, women and children who follow the teachings of the Buddha. The term, w...

Art and Architecture in Japan, Buddhist

Heather Blair

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Buddhist Art and Architecture in Japan Introduction When Buddhism entered Japan in the sixth century, its sculpture, painting, architecture, ...

Siddhas

David Gray

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Siddhas Introduction The traditions of literature and practice associated with the siddhas, the “accomplished ones” or great masters (mahāsid...

Perfection of Wisdom

Stefano Zacchetti

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-04-22

Perfection of Wisdom Introduction The Sanskrit compound Prajñāpāramitā (“Perfection of Wisdom” or “Insight”) may refer to both a set of (prima...

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