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On the Tradition of Dāna: From Ancient India to Contemporary=佛教的供養:從傳統印度到現代
Author Shih, Chue-ming (著)=Liu Lifeng (au.)
Source 人間佛教研究=International Journal for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism
Pages73 - 104
Publisher Url
Location香港, 中國 [Hong Kong, China]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Author:Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Religious Studies, Nan Hua University, Taiwan. =台灣南華大學宗教研究所專任助理教授
Keyworddāna=供養; Vedic= 吠陀; Pāli Nikāyas= 巴利五部經; alms-round= 托缽; Master Hsing Yun= 星雲大師
AbstractA religious or philosophical doctrine does not disappear through the changing of eras but continues by adopting and incorporating with the ideologies and cultures of the changing eras. Dāna, literally means alms-giving, generosity, etc., is a common practice among most of the religions worldwide as a rudimentary practice for spiritual cultivation. This paper would like to explore the tradition of dāna from its origin in ancient India to its contemporary interpretation by the Chinese Buddhist reformer Master Hsing Yun. Various aspects of the early tradition of dāna, including its history, meaning and canonical interpretation (Pāli Nikāyas), are critically examined. Specific attention is focused on how the concept and application of dāna varies in different eras and places, where it has integrated into various cultures. The paper provides a general survey and examination of the origin and mutual-influences of the two important cultures of Indian tradition-the Vedic and Buddhism-and their impact on the practice of dāna; and demonstrates that the traditional Buddhist practice of dāna has spread and assimilated into different cultures nearby. The Southeast Asian countries, in particular, have inherited and maintained the practice of dāna outside India up to the present day. This article also pays special attention to Master Hsing Yun’s modern interpretation of dāna, its meaning and relevance in contemporary society of the 21st century.

Table of contentsAbstract 73
Review on Previous Research 75
Meaning of Dāna in Hindu Texts 77
The Philology of Dāna in Buddhism 83
Dāna as Legacy from Previous Buddhas 83
Three Factors of Dāna 86
The Donors 87
The Receivers 88
The Donation 90
Humanistic Meaning from the Ancient Time to the Modernity 91
Practice of Dāna in South Asian Countries 92
The Dynamic Idea of Donationaccording to Master Hsing Yun 93
Conclusion 98
中文摘要 104
ISSN2223800X (P)
Created date2014.08.21
Modified date2023.02.15

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