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Mindfulness in Similes in Early Buddhist Literature
Author Kuan, Tse-fu
Source Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness
Pages267 - 285
PublisherSpringer, Cham
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LocationSwitzerland [瑞士]
SeriesMindfulness in Behavioral Health
Content type專題研究論文=Research Paper
NoteAuthor Affiliations: College of General Studies, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
KeywordMindfulness; Buddhist simile; Buddhist psychology; Meditation; Altruism; Four Noble Truths
AbstractThe purpose of this chapter is to elucidate the doctrine and practice of mindfulness as expounded in early Buddhist literature, including the suttas/sūtras in the Pali Nikāyas and the Āgamas extant in Chinese translation. This chapter focuses on the Buddha’s expositions of mindfulness accompanied by similes. It deals with four types of similes, namely prevention, healing, binding and altruism. By examining the Buddha’s discourses on mindfulness in the contexts where similes are given to assist his audience, we can delve into this important teaching and acquire a better understanding of what mindfulness means and how it is practised. In this chapter, the notion of mindfulness is explored from the viewpoint of both psychology and meditation in Buddhism. Textual criticism is utilized to approach the problems of reading some early Buddhist texts.
Table of contents13.1 Introduction 267
13.2 Prevention 269
13.3 Healing 272
13.4 Binding 237
13.4.1 A Pillar for Binding Six Animals 273
13.4.2 A Post for Binding an Elephant 274
13.4.3 Constrained or Tamed? 278
13.5 Altruism 279
13.5.1 Loving-Kindness 279
13.5.2 Acrobatics 281
Abbreviations 283
References 284
ISBN9783319185903; 9783319185910
Created date2020.11.13
Modified date2020.11.19

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