Tibetan Buddhism A Very Short Introduction

Tibetan Buddhism  A Very Short Introduction

What does Tibetan Buddhism teach?

Author: Matthew Kapstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199735129

Category: Religion

Page: 130

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What does Tibetan Buddhism teach? Just what is the position of the Dalai Lama, and how will his succession be assured? This Very Short Introduction offers a brief account responding to these questions and more, in terms that are easily accessible to those who are curious to learn the most essential features of Tibetan Buddhist history, teachings, and practice.
Categories: Religion

Buddhism A Very Short Introduction

Buddhism  A Very Short Introduction

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191640506

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. Damien Keown looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were. By considering how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, Keown considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective. In this new edition Keown provides new perspectives on Buddhist thought, including up-to-date material about the evolution of Buddhism throughout Asia, the material culture of Buddhism and its importance, new teachings on the ethics of war and peace, and changes to ethnicity, class, and gender. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Religion

Buddhism

Buddhism

General Introductions and Buddhist History Carrithers, M. The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Eckel, Malcolm David. Buddhism. Course no. 687. The Great Courses. Audio lectures, 2001.

Author: Dale S. Wright

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190843670

Category: Philosophy

Page: 234

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"Why would everyone need to know anything about Buddhism? One important reason is that no matter who you are or where you live, Buddhism is part of your cultural environment. Whether we know it or not, most of us have Buddhist neighbors or communities of Buddhists living not far away. Now more than ever before mutual understanding between people from different cultural backgrounds is crucial. We live and work together. We share the same trains, schools, shopping centers, theatres, and everything else, and mutual understanding is the key to productive, peaceful co-existence. But getting along with others isn't the only reason to introduce yourself to Buddhism, nor even the best one. There is much that all of us can learn from each other, knowledge that may in fact prove to be quite useful in shaping our own ways of living. Many of us have been doing that for decades--taking an interest in cultural, religious, and philosophical traditions different from our own as a way to stretch our minds, to broaden our understanding not just of other people but of the many admirable ways to think about the world and the many ways to live creatively and responsibly within it. In this respect many people who were not raised Buddhists have discovered that Buddhism has a lot to offer. Among the world's religions it is certainly unique. Indeed, even though Westerners have been interested in Buddhism for almost two centuries, debate still continues over what Buddhism is. Is it a religion? A philosophy? A way of life? A set of techniques for mental and psychological enhancement? It appears to function in all of these ways and continues to impress observers with the range of values it offers"--
Categories: Philosophy

Geopolitics A Very Short Introduction

Geopolitics  A Very Short Introduction

TIBETAN BUDDHISM Matthew T. Kapstein TOCQUEVILLE Harvey C. Mansfield TRAGEDY Adrian Poole THE TROJAN WAR Eric H. Cline TRUST Katherine Hawley THE TUDORS John Guy TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITAIN Kenneth O. Morgan THE UNITED NATIONS Jussi M.

Author: Klaus Dodds

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191664472

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

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Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world: one that considers the links between political power, geography, and cultural diversity. In certain places such as Iraq, Lebanon, or Israel, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these 'danger zones' - in Europe or the US for example - geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. For a country's location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources all affect how the people that live there understand and interact with the wider world. In this new edition Klaus Dodds takes into account several world developments that have occured since original publication, including the Arab Spring, the worldwide economic crisis, and the developing role of China in international politics. Using wide-ranging examples, from historical maps to James Bond films and the rhetoric of political leaders both past and present, this Very Short Introduction shows why, for a full understanding of contemporary global politics, it is not just smart - it is essential - to be geopolitical. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Political Science

Mathematics A Very Short Introduction

Mathematics  A Very Short Introduction

TIBETAN BUDDHISM Matthew T. Kapstein THE TROJAN WAR Eric H. Cline THE TUDORS John Guy TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITAIN Kenneth O. Morgan THE UNITED NATIONS Jussi M. Hanhimäki THE U.S. CONGRESS Donald A. Ritchie THE U.S. SUPREME COURT Linda ...

Author: Timothy Gowers

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191579417

Category: Mathematics

Page: 160

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The aim of this book is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and readers of this book will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?") ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Mathematics

Global Catastrophes A Very Short Introduction

Global Catastrophes  A Very Short Introduction

For more information visit our website www.oup.com/vsi/ Bill McGuire Global Catastrophes A Very Short Introduction second edition. TIBETAN BUDDHISM Matthew T. Kapstein TOCQUEVILLE Harvey C. Mansfield TRAGEDY Adrian Poole THE TROJAN WAR ...

Author: Bill McGuire

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191024993

Category: Science

Page: 152

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Life on earth will come to an end. It's just a matter of when. In this Very Short Introduction, Bill McGuire explores the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our species in the future, and looks at both the probability of these events happening and our chances of survival. From the likely consequences of global warming to the inevitable destruction of the earth in the far future, McGuire considers a range of 'end of the world scenarios', including the New Ice Age, asteroid and comet impact, supervolcanoes, and mega-tsunami. Updated with a number of recent case studies from around the world, this new edition brings our understanding of global disasters and risk research up to date. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Science

Zionism A Very Short Introduction

Zionism  A Very Short Introduction

THOMAS AQUINAS Fergus Kerr THOUGHT Tim Bayne TIBETAN BUDDHISM Matthew T. Kapstein TOCQUEVILLE Harvey C. Mansfield TRAGEDY Adrian Poole THE TROJAN WAR Eric H. Cline TRUST Katherine Hawley THE TUDORS John Guy TWENTIETH‐CENTURY BRITAIN ...

Author: Michael Stanislawski

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199911905

Category: History

Page:

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Zionism is the nationalist movement affirming Jewish people's right to self-determination through the establishment of a Jewish national state in its ancient homeland. It is one of the most controversial ideologies in the world. Its supporters laud its success at liberating the Jewish people after millennia of persecution and at securing the creation of Israel. But to its opponents, Zionism relies on a racist ideology culminating in Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and is one of the last manifestations of colonial oppression in the world. Since the late 1990s, the centrality of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the world news has sharpened this controversy, dramatically politicizing any attempt to understand Zionism and its significance as an intellectual and cultural movement. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Stanislawski presents an impartial and disinterested history of Zionist ideology from its origins to the present. Sharp and accessible, this book charts the crucial moments in the ideological development of Zionism, including the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism in early nineteenth century Europe, the founding of the Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl in 1897, the Balfour Declaration, the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion, the Six Day War in 1967, the rise of the "Peace Now" movement, and the election of conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Stanislawski's balanced analysis of these controversial events illuminates why, despite the undeniable success in its goal of creating a Jewish state, profound questions remain today about the long-term viability of Zionist ideology in a rapidly destabilizing Middle East.
Categories: History

A Partial Enlightenment

A Partial Enlightenment

On sectarianism in Tibetan Buddhism and some of its violent repercussions, see Matthew T. Kapstein, Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 29–44. 7. Peter Hopkirk, Quest for Kim: In Search ...

Author: Avram Alpert

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231553391

Category: Religion

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In many ways, Buddhism has become the global religion of the modern world. For its contemporary followers, the ideal of enlightenment promises inner peace and worldly harmony. And whereas other philosophies feel abstract and disembodied, Buddhism offers meditation as a means to realize this ideal. If we could all be as enlightened as Buddhists, some imagine, we could live in a much better world. For some time now, however, this beatific image of Buddhism has been under attack. Scholars and practitioners have criticized it as a Western fantasy that has nothing to do with the actual experiences of Buddhists. Avram Alpert combines personal experience and readings of modern novels to offer another way to understand modern Buddhism. He argues that it represents a rich resource not for attaining perfection but rather for finding meaning and purpose in a chaotic world. Finding unexpected affinities across world literature—Rudyard Kipling in colonial India, Yukio Mishima in postwar Japan, Bessie Head escaping apartheid South Africa—as well as in his own experiences living with Tibetan exiles, Alpert shows how these stories illuminate a world in which suffering is inevitable and total enlightenment is impossible. Yet they also give us access to partial enlightenments: powerful insights that become available when we come to terms with imperfection and stop looking for wholeness. A Partial Enlightenment reveals the moments of personal and social transformation that the inventions of modern Buddhism help make possible.
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The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism

The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism

Keown, Damien. 2005. Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Linrothe, Robert. 2004. Paradise and Plumage: Chinese Connections in Tibetan Arhat Painting. New York: Serindia. Macintyre, Alastair.

Author: Sam van Schaik

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300221046

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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A leading writer and researcher on Tibet, Sam van Schaik offers an accessible and authoritative introduction to Tibetan Buddhism by examining its key texts, from its origins in the eighth century to teachings practiced across the world today. In addition to demonstrating its richness and historical importance, van Schaik’s fresh translations of and introductions to each text provide a comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhism’s most popular teachings and concepts—including rebirth, compassion, mindfulness, tantric deities, and the graduated path—and discusses how each is put into practice. The book unfolds chronologically, conveying a sense of this thousand-year-old tradition’s progress and evolution. Under the spiritual leadership of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism has an estimated ten to twenty million adherents worldwide. Written for those new to the topic, but also useful to seasoned Buddhist practitioners and students, this much-needed anthological introduction provides the deepest understanding of the key writings currently available.
Categories: Religion

The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion

The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion

Buddhism came to Tibet from both the north and the south. ... Tibetan Buddhism has developed complex and colorful rituals in which chanting, praying, bowing, and offerings are practiced alongside meditative ... very short introduction.

Author: Adam Possamai

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781529721706

Category: Social Science

Page: 1000

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The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion takes a three-pronged look at this, namely investigating the role of religion in society; unpacking and evaluating the significance of religion in and on human history; and tracing and outlining the social forces and influences that shape religion. This encyclopedia covers a range of themes from: • fundamental topics like definitions • secularization • dimensions of religiosity to such emerging issues as civil religion • new religious movements This Encyclopedia also addresses contemporary dilemmas such as fundamentalism and extremism and the role of gender in religion.
Categories: Social Science