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Religions of Asia in Practice : An Anthology - Donald S. Lopez

Religions of Asia in Practice

An Anthology

By: Donald S. Lopez (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th April 2002
ISBN: 9780691090610
Number Of Pages: 752

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The acclaimed volumes of "Princeton Readings in Religions" present the remarkable range of all that is encompassed in the practice of religions, across the centuries and across the world.

"Religions of Asia in Practice: An Anthology" brings together into a single volume the most important and fascinating selections from the volumes on Buddhism, India, China, Tibet, and Japan to give an overview of how religions have been lived by both ordinary and extraordinary people throughout the continent of Asia. These materials--many of which had never before been translated into any Western language--include ritual manuals, hagiographical and autobiographical writings, popular commentaries, instructions to children, poetry, and folktales. Each is preceded by a substantial introduction in which the translator discusses the text's history and influence and guides the reader through points of potential difficulty and particular interest. The volume includes, in addition, clear and compelling introductions to each of the major traditions.

"Religions of Asia in Practice: An Anthology" offers a fascinating look at the spectrum of religious practices in Asia over almost three millennia. As such, it is ideally suited for use as a textbook in courses on world or Eastern religions as well as for the general reader.

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"This volume serves as a complete introductory text to Asian religions (in theory as well as in practice), and should be used widely in college classrooms for decades to come."--Frederick M. Smith, Religious Studies Review

Princeton Readings in Religionp. v
Contributorsp. xi
Religions of India in Practice
Introduction: A Brief History of Religions in Indiap. 3
Bengali Songs to Kalip. 51
Women's Celebration of Muhammad's Birthp. 73
Encountering the Smallpox Goddess: The Auspicious Song of Sitalap. 79
Jain Stories Inspiring Renunciationp. 88
Mother Ten's Storiesp. 94
The Life of Guru Nanakp. 109
Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagementp. 122
The Exemplary Devotion of the "Servant of Hari"p. 136
The Origin of Linga Worshipp. 150
Buddhism in Practice
Introductionp. 165
Consecrating the Buddhap. 197
Sutra on the Merit of Bathing the Buddhap. 206
The Whole Universe as a Sutrap. 216
The Book of Resolving Doubts Concerning the Semblance Dharmap. 222
Auspicious Thingsp. 237
Daily Life in the Assemblyp. 252
Awakening Stories of Zen Buddhist Womenp. 270
Death-Bed Testimonials of the Pure Land Faithfulp. 282
Religions of China in Practice Introduction: The Spirits of Chinese Religionp. 295
Laozi: Ancient Philosopher, Master of Immortality, and Godp. 330
The Lives and Teachings of the Divine Lord of Zitongp. 342
A Sutra Promoting the White-robed Guanyin as Giver of Sonsp. 350
Body Gods and Inner Vision: The Scripture of the Yellow Courtp. 359
Teachings of a Spirit Mediump. 366
Spellbindingp. 376
Record of the Feng and Shan Sacrificesp. 386
The Law of the Spiritsp. 396
Shrines to Local Former Worthiesp. 405
The Scripture in Forty-two Sectionsp. 418
The Scripture on Perfect Wisdom for Humane Kings Who Wish to Protect Their Statesp. 430
Stories from an Illustrated Explanation of the Tract of the Most Exalted on Action and Responsep. 439
Religions of Tibet in Practice
Introductionp. 451
The Royal Way of Supreme Compassionp. 482
Guidebook to Lapchip. 490
The Yogin Lorepa's Retreat at Lake Namtsop. 505
A Fasting Ritualp. 517
The Regulations of a Monastery
Ignacio Cabezoacute;np. 539
A Prayer for Deliverance from Rebirthp. 556
Turning Back Gossipp. 572
A Prayer Flag for Tarap. 583
Religions of Japan in Practice
Introductionp. 591
Kaibara Ekken's Precepts on the Familyp. 613
A Refutation of Clerical Marriagep. 629
The Contemplation of Suchnessp. 638
Chido's Dreams of Buddhismp. 649
The Confucian Monarchy of Nara Japanp. 660
Nationalistic Shinto
A Child's Guide to Yasukuni Shrinep. 666
The Founding of Mount Koya and Kukai's Eternal Meditationp. 672
Motoori Norinaga on the Two Shrines at Isep. 678
Sasaki Shoten
Toward a Postmodern Shinshu Theologyp. 694
Contemporary Zen Buddhist Tracts for the Laity
Grassroots Buddhism in Japanp. 713
Indexp. 725
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ISBN: 9780691090610
ISBN-10: 0691090610
Series: Princeton Readings in Religions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 14th April 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 4.57
Weight (kg): 1.25