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Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, Revised Edition
Author Powers, John (著)
Date2007.12.25
Pages512
PublisherSnow Lion Publications
Publisher Url http://www.snowlionpub.com/
LocationIthaca, NY, US [伊薩卡, 紐約州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
Language英文=English
NoteCopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Keyword西藏佛教=藏傳佛教=Tibetan Buddhism; 佛教人物=Buddhist; 宗教象徵=religious symbolism; 修行方法=修行法門=Practice
AbstractFrom Publishers Weekly
In this concise though comprehensive work, Powers, a Tibetan Buddhist and professor of religion at Wright State University, begins to fill a void in the large corpus of literature on Tibetan Buddhism by grounding it in political and cultural experience. Not only does he situate it as a contemporary praxis in the context of its own religious history, but he also anchors it as a universal praxis arising out of Tibetan political and cultural history. Powers's discussions of the festivals, holy days and religious symbolism imbedded in Tibetan cultural forms and of the power struggles and foreign influences that contributed to the institution of the Buddhist state, demystify Tibetan Buddhism, yet leave intact the integrity of its praxis. This is a valuable work for those looking to enrich their practice of Tibetan Buddhism and for students just seeking to deepen their understanding of it.
Table of contentsPreface 11
Technical Note 17
INTRODUCTION 21

PART ONE: THE INDIAN BACKGROUND
1. BUDDHISM IN INDIA
The Buddha 31
The Buddha’s Life and Lives 34
Epilogue 56
2. SOME IMPORTANT BUDDHIST DOCTRINES 63
Cyclic Existence 63
Appearance and Reality 71
3. MEDITATION 81
The Role of Meditation in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism 81
Stabilizing and Analytical Meditation 85
The Five Buddhist Paths 91
4. MAHĀYĀNA 101
Origins 101
Mahāyāna Doctrines 105
The Bodhisattva Path 113

PART TWO: TIBETAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
5. TIBETAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY 137
Tibet: Geography and Environment 137
The Early History of Tibet 139
The Period of the Religious Kings 144
The Second Dissemination of Buddhism 155
Mongol Influence and Sakya Supremacy 159
The Gélukpa Ascent to Power 163
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 169
6. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY 181
Foreign Conflicts 181
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama 187
The Interregnum Period 195
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Assumes Power 197
The Chinese Occupation of Tibet 205
7. FESTIVALS AND HOLY DAYS 219
Mönlam 219
The Butter-Sculpture Festival of Kumbum 222
Sacred Dance 226
Other Religious Festivals 228
Common Elements in Tibetan Religious Ceremonies 229
8. GEOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE 233
The Religious Environment 233
Construction of Religious Structures 236
Stūpas 242

PART THREE: TIBETAN BUDDHIST DOCTRINES AND PRACTICES
9. TANTRA 249
The Place of the Tantras in Buddhist Literature 249
Tantra as a Branch of Mahāyāna 257
Tantric Symbols 262
Entering Tantric Practice 267
The Four Classes of Tantra 279
The Preliminary Practices 294
The Fourteen Root Downfalls 315
10. DEATH AND DYING IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM 325
Introduction 325
Death Meditation: Exoteric and Esoteric Traditions 330
The Bardo Process 341
Tibetan Rituals of Death and Dying 348

PART FOUR: THE SCHOOLS OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM
11. THE FOUR ORDERS 355
The Nonsectarian Movement 359
12. NYINGMA 367
History and Doctrines 367
The Nine Vehicles 375
Terma: Hidden Treasures 378
Distinctive Practices: Dzogchen 383
13 KAGYU 399
History and Doctrines 399
Meditation Practices 405
14. SAKYA 433
Origins of the Sakya Tradition 433
The Development and Dissemination of Sakya Doctrines and Practices 437
Sakya Becomes a Political Force 442
The Sakya Monastic Order 445
Distinctive Practices: “Path and Result” 447
15. GÉLUK 467
History of the Lineage 467
The Gélukpa Monastic System 477
Distinctive Practices: The Stages of the Path 481
160 BÖN: A HETERODOX SYSTEM 497
Introduction 497
Bön Teachings and Practices 500

CHRONOLOGY OF INDIAN AND TIBETAN BUDDHISM 515
Lexicon of Buddhist Terms 521
English-Tibetan-Sanskrit Glossary 529
Select Bibliography 561
Indexes
Technical Terms 577
Proper Names 584
Titles of Works Mentioned 589
Locations 590
ISBN9781559392822
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Created date2007.11.06
Modified date2023.12.27



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