Buddhist Spirituality: Indian, Southeast Asian, Tibetian, Early Chinese

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Buddhist Spirituality: Indian, Southeast Asian, Tibetian, Early Chinese

Buddhism has focused intensively on the aspect of religion that we call spirituality. No religion has set a higher value on the states of spiritual insight and liberation, and none has set forth so methodically and with such a wealth of reflection the various paths and disciplines by which such states are reached.

A multivolume series with more than 500 contributing scholars worldwide, presenting the spiritual wisdom of the human race in its historical unfolding, from prehistoric times, through the great religions to the meeting of traditions at the present

The present volume covers early Buddhism as it unfolded in India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, and China. Despite the great chronological and geographical sweep of this volume, a deliberate effort has been made to identify the distinctive core of Buddhist spirituality. That core is found in two themes that pervade the book and offer a promising point of entry into the immense and often unfamiliar world of Buddhist thought. They are meditation, which is central to Part One ("Early Buddhism and Theravada"), and emptiness, which is recurrent in Parts Two and Three, dealing with the Mahayana movement in India and its acculturation in Tibet and China.

An introduction to the wealth of Buddhist wisdom in its great diversity and stunning simplicity-the eagerly awaited new volume in Crossroad’s World Spirituality series.

Reviews and endorsements

“Crossroad has added another gem to its series of books on world spirituality. This first volume of Buddhist Spirituality explores the twin cores of Buddhist Spirituality-meditation and emptiness…Highly recommended for reference and for collections in the world religions.”
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“Authoritative, clear, comprehensive, concise, and essential.”
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9780824514525
Paperback / 456 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 1/4
HERDER & HERDER, 1995