Selfless Persons

Author: Steven Collins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521397261
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This book explains the Buddhist doctrine of annattá ("not-self"), which denies the existence of any self, soul, or enduring essence in man. The author relates this doctrine to its cultural and historical context, particularly to its Brahman background. He shows how the Theravada Buddhist tradition has constructed a philosophical and psychological account of personal identity on the apparently impossible basis of the denial of self. Although the emphasis of the book is firmly philosophical, Dr. Collins makes use of a number of academic disciplines, particularly those of anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and comparative religion, in an attempt to discover the "deep structure" of Buddhist culture and imagination, and to make these doctrines comprehensible in terms of the western history of ideas.

Selfless Persons

Author: Steven Collins
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ISBN: 9780521240819
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This book seeks to explain carefully and sympathetically the Buddhist doctrine of anatta ('not-self'), which denies the existence of any self, soul or enduring essence in man. The author relates this doctrine to its cultural and historical context, particularly to its Brahmanical background, and shows how the Theravada Buddhist tradition has constructed a philosophical and psychological account of personal identity and continuity on the apparently impossible basis of the denial of self.

Nirvana And Other Buddhist Felicities

Author: Steven Collins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521570541
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This book presents an answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part I distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, arguing that nirvana produces closure in both, and setting nirvana in the wider category of Buddhist Felicities. Part II explores other Buddhist utopias (both eu-topias, 'good places', and ou-topias, 'no-places'), and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. The book ends with a close reading of the Vessantara Jataka, which highlights the conflict between the ascetic quest for closure and ultimate felicity, and the ongoing demands of ordinary life and society. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history and ideology in premodern civilizations, aiming to contribute to an alternate vision of Buddhist history, which can hold both the inside and the outside of texts together.

Self And Non Self In Early Buddhism

Author: Joaquín Pérez Remón
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9789027979872
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Nirvana

Author: Steven Collins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521881986
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An introduction to the Buddhist concept of nirvana, offering its own interpretations of key texts and translations for non-specialist readers.

Readings Of The Vessantara Jataka

Author: Steven Collins
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ISBN: 9780231160384
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This anthology undertakes sophisticated literary, anthropological, and art historical analyses of the "Vessantara Jataka" and its ethics of giving, understanding of attachment and nonattachment, depiction of the trickster, and unique performative qualities. Contributors including anthropologists, textual scholars in religious and Buddhist studies, and art historians unravelthe story's moral and religious character. This collection helps recast Buddhism as a human tradition rich in ethical, political, and aesthetic complexity.

Reason S Traces

Author: Matthew Kapstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861712390
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Reason's Traces addresses some of the key questions in the study of Indian and Buddhist thought: the analysis of personal identity and of ultimate reality, the interpretation of Tantric texts and traditions, and Tibetan approaches to the interpretation of Indian sources. Drawing on a wide range of scholarship, Reason's Traces reflects current work in philosophical analysis and hermeneutics, inviting readers to explore in a Buddhist context the relationship between philosophy and traditions of spiritual exercise.

A Pali Grammar For Students

Author: Steven Collins
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ISBN: 9789749511138
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"Presents an introductory sketch of Pali using both Euroean and South Asian grammatical categories." -- Back cover.

Buddhist Philosophy In India And Ceylon

Author: Arthur Berriedale Keith
Publisher: Asian Educational Services
ISBN: 9788120610538
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Buddhism And Ethnic Conflict In Sri Lanka

Author: Patrick Grant
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791493679
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Looks at how a spiritual tradition can be appropriated by those involved in ethno-nationalist conflict.