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Travels in the Netherworld: Buddhist Popular Narratives of Death and the Afterlife in Tibet
作者 Cuevas, Bryan Jare
出版日期2008.03
頁次216
出版者Oxford University Press Inc, USA
出版者網址 http://www.us.oup.com/us/
出版地New York, NY, US [紐約, 紐約州, 美國]
資料類型書籍=Book
使用語言英文=English
附註項Bryan J. Cuevas is Associate Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Religion at Florida State University. He is the author of The Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and co-editor of The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations
關鍵詞Karma=Kamma; 比丘=Buddhist Monk=Bhiksu=Bhikkhu; 地獄=Hell=Naraka ; 死亡與臨終=Death and Dying; 西藏佛教=藏傳佛教=Tibetan Buddhism; 佛教人物=Buddhist; 信心=Belief=Faith; 喇嘛=Lama; 福報=福田=功德=Virtue=Merit; 論著=Treatise; 靜坐=Meditation; 禪修=Meditation; 轉世=輪迴=Samsara=Rebirth=Reincarnation
摘要In Travels in the Netherworld , Bryan J. Cuevas examines a fascinating but little-known genre of Tibetan narrative literature about the d^'elok , ordinary men and women who claim to have died, traveled through hell, and then returned from the afterlife. These narratives enjoy audiences ranging from the most sophisticated monastic scholars to pious townsfolk, villagers, and nomads. Their accounts emphasize the universal Buddhist principles of impermanence and worldly suffering, the fluctuations of karma, and the feasibility of obtaining a favorable rebirth through virtue and merit. Providing a clear, detailed analysis of four vivid return-from-death tales, including the stories of a Tibetan housewife, a lama, a young noble woman, and a Buddhist monk, Cuevas argues that these narratives express ideas about death and the afterlife that held wide currency among all classes of faithful Buddhists in Tibet.

Relying on a diversity of traditional Tibetan sources, Buddhist canonical scriptures, scholastic textbooks, ritual and meditation manuals, and medical treatises, in addition to the d^'elok works themselves, Cuevas surveys a broad range of popular Tibetan Buddhist ideas about death and dying. He explores beliefs about the vulnerability of the soul and its journey beyond death, karmic retribution and the terrors of hell, the nature of demons and demonic possession, ghosts, and reanimated corpses. Cuevas argues that these extraordinary accounts exhibit flexibility between social and religious categories that are conventionally polarized and concludes that, contrary to the accepted wisdom, such rigid divisions as elite and folk, monastic and lay religion are not sufficiently representative of traditional Tibetan Buddhism on the ground. This study offers innovative perspectives on popular religion in Tibet and fills a gap in an important field of Tibetan literature.
ISBN9780195341164 (hc)
點閱次數576
建檔日期2008.07.02
更新日期2008.07.02










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