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Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities : Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions - Steven Collins

Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities

Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions

By: Steven Collins, John Clayton (Editor), Nicholas de Lange (Editor), William Graham (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th June 2003
ISBN: 9780521570541
Number Of Pages: 712

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This book presents a new answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part One distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism, looking at the place of nirvana in both. Part Two explores other Buddhist utopias and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history, and ideology in premodern civilizations, aiming to contribute to a new vision of Buddhist history that integrates the inside and the outside of texts.

"This major publication belongs in all undergraduate and graduate libraries supporting religious studies programs." John Clifford Holt, Religious Studies Review "This is a fantastic work. It is highly informative, intriguing, and thoroughly researched. I recommend it without reservation for anyone interested in the Pali literature. The only criticism I have is that the author might have made this one colossal work into a few smaller ones. Otherwise, this is an excellent accomplishment." Vanessa Sasson, ARC, the Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Textual chronology
General introduction: Buddhism and civilisation history I - structures and processes
Nirvana In and Out of Time Introduction to part I: systematic and narrative thought - eternity and closure in structure and story
The concept of nirvana
The imagery of nirvana
Nirvana, time and narrative
Conclusion to part I: modes of thought, modes of tradition
Paradise in Heaven and on Earth: Introduction to part II: utopia and the ideal society
Heaven, the land of Cockaygne and Arcadia
Millennialism
Critical discussion: what is 'millennialism'? Premodern ideas and modern movements
The perfect moral commonwealth? Kingship and its discontents
The Vessantara Jataka;
Conclusion to part II: in what sense can one speak of Buddhist utopianism?
General conclusion: Buddhism and civilisation history II - reprise: Appendices
Bibliography
Glossary
Indexes
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521570541
ISBN-10: 0521570549
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 712
Published: 9th June 2003
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.05  x 4.8
Weight (kg): 1.26