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Ocean: An Introduction to Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism in America
Author Tanaka, Kenneth Kenichi
PublisherWisdomOcean Publications
LocationBerkeley, CA, US [伯克利, 加利福尼亞州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
NoteKenneth Kenich Tanaka, (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) was appointed in 1991 as the Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (an affiliate of Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley). During this tenure, he has also served as minister at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church. His publications include The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine (State University of New York Press), The Faces of Buddhism in America (coeditor) (The University of California Press), Engaged Pure Land Buddhism (coeditor) (WisdomOcean Publications), and booklets for popular audience. He is an active participant in the Buddhist Council of Northern California and inter-faiths activities.
Keyword淨土宗=Pure Land Buddhism=Shin Buddhsim; 淨土真宗=Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism; 日本佛教=Japanese Buddhism
Abstract"Ocean" is a great introduction to Buddhism in general, and Shin Buddhism (Jodo-shinshu) in particular. The book is easy to read, and there are enough "stories" to keep it interesting, but not so many that it becomes a "story book". Although intended for those new to Buddhist thought, it is just as "useful" for those raised Buddhist, and in need of a better understanding of what they were taught, or a way to explain their religion to others.
Table of contentsPreface
Abbreviations and Conventions
Introduction: Ocean Parable

PART ONE  Foundation
Chapter 1 The Heart of Buddhism: Trunk of the Tree
Chapter 2 Buddhism Today: A Personal View
Chapter 3 Buddhist Development: Branches of the Tree

PART TWO  Legacy
Chapter 4 Shinran Shonin: A Humble Challenger
Chapter 5 Historical Legacy: Ten Watershed Events From India to North America
Chapter 6 Jodo-Shinshu Path: Simple Yet Not Easy

PART THREE  Spirituality
Chapter 7 Shinjin Awareness
Chapter 8 Ocean and the Drowning Self: A Personal View
Chapter 9 Amida Buddha: A Buddhist “God”?
Chapter 10 The Pure Land: Its Spiritual Meaning

Chapter 11 Karma: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Chapter 12 Conduct: Daily Activities and Participation in the World

Appendix IVII Key Historical Dates
Appendix IIVI Life Chronology of Shinran Shonin
Appendix IIIV Kyosho: Preamble of Jodo-Shinshu
Appendix IVII The Ten Branches of the Jodo-Shinshu School
Appendix VIII Resources in North America: Jodo-Shinshu Nishi Honganji Branch Affiliated
Appendix VIII When Confronted by Non-Buddhist Fundamentalists
Further Readings
Index A
Index B
ISBN0965806200; 9780965806206
Created date1998.05.16
Modified date2016.09.12

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