Family Matters In Indian Buddhist Monasticisms

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Family Matters In Indian Buddhist Monasticisms

Author : Shayne Neil Clarke
ISBN : 9381406359
Genre : Buddhist monks
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This is a study based on difficult primary sources of Indian Buddhist monks and nuns and their families. The author argues that there is little evidence to support the conventional understanding of Buddhist renunciation in which monks and nuns abandon their families when they leave home for religious life.
Category: Buddhist monks

Family Matters In Indian Buddhist Monasticisms

Author : Shayne Clarke
ISBN : 9780824840075
Genre : Social Science
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Scholarly and popular consensus has painted a picture of Indian Buddhist monasticism in which monks and nuns severed all ties with their families when they left home for the religious life. In this view, monks and nuns remained celibate, and those who faltered in their “vows” of monastic celibacy were immediately and irrevocably expelled from the Buddhist Order. This romanticized image is based largely on the ascetic rhetoric of texts such as the Rhinoceros Horn Sutra. Through a study of Indian Buddhist law codes (vinaya), Shayne Clarke dehorns the rhinoceros, revealing that in their own legal narratives, far from renouncing familial ties, Indian Buddhist writers take for granted the fact that monks and nuns would remain in contact with their families. The vision of the monastic life that emerges from Clarke's close reading of monastic law codes challenges some of our most basic scholarly notions of what it meant to be a Buddhist monk or nun in India around the turn of the Common Era. Not only do we see thick narratives depicting monks and nuns continuing to interact and associate with their families, but some are described as leaving home for the religious life with their children, and some as married monastic couples. Clarke argues that renunciation with or as a family is tightly woven into the very fabric of Indian Buddhist renunciation and monasticisms. Surveying the still largely uncharted terrain of Indian Buddhist monastic law codes preserved in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Chinese, Clarke provides a comprehensive, pan-Indian picture of Buddhist monastic attitudes toward family. Whereas scholars have often assumed that monastic Buddhism must be anti-familial, he demonstrates that these assumptions were clearly not shared by the authors/redactors of Indian Buddhist monastic law codes. In challenging us to reconsider some of our most cherished assumptions concerning Indian Buddhist monasticisms, he provides a basis to rethink later forms of Buddhist monasticism such as those found in Central Asia, Kaśmīr, Nepal, and Tibet not in terms of corruption and decline but of continuity and development of a monastic or renunciant ideal that we have yet to understand fully.
Category: Social Science

Sexuality In Classical South Asian Buddhism

Author : José Ignacio Cabezón
ISBN : 9781614293507
Genre : Religion
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A prolific scholar surveys classical Buddhism’s approach to sex, gender, and sexual orientation in this landmark volume. More than twenty-five years in the making, this detailed sourcebook on Buddhist understandings of sexuality, desire, ethics, and deviance in classical South Asia is filled with both engaging translations and original and provocative analysis. Jose Cabezon, the XIVth Dalai Lama Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, marshals an incredible array of scriptures, legal and medical texts, and philosophical treatises, explaining the subtleties of this ancient literature in lucid prose. This work will be of immense interest not only to scholars of Buddhism and gender studies but also to lay readers who want to learn more about traditional Buddhist attitudes toward sex.
Category: Religion

The Life Of Virtue

Author : Jacob Neusner
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110303489
Genre : Religion
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Praised in pre-publication reviews for its clarity, caliber of scholarship, and coverage of traditions not found in other texts, COMPARING RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS is an innovative set of three texts which compare parts of one tradition with another. Focusing on topics that are familiar human issues to all—family, work, and virtue—the texts help students to understand the commonalities and differences of the traditions.
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Signs From The Unseen Realm

Author : Robert Ford Campany
ISBN : UCBK:C110235741
Genre : History
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This book contains an annotated translation of the largest existing collection of Buddhist miracle texts from China's early medieval period, Wang Yan's Records of Signs from the Unseen Realm, which were compiled around 490 CE.
Category: History

Buddhist Monasticism In Theory And Practice

Author : Shanker Thapa
ISBN : UVA:X004081501
Genre : Buddhist monasticism and religious orders
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Chiefly on Buddhist monkhood and monasticism in South Korea.
Category: Buddhist monasticism and religious orders


Author : Patrick Bresnan
ISBN : UOM:39015056926010
Genre : Philosophy
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Ideal for readers with little or no previous knowledge of the subject, this book provides an exceptionally complete overview of the historical development of the major Eastern traditions of religious and philosophical thought (in India, China, and Japan.). The book uses an engaging style that is filled with anecdotes, analogies, definitions, comparisons, and supporting quotes from primary and secondary sources. It guides learners in recognizing the interrelationships that exist among the various systems, appreciating the relevance of these traditions to the concerns of modern times, and understanding the major issues of interpretation regarding these systems. The traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are broad umbrellas that include a number of specific schools, each of which is treated individually. Other schools—such as Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto—are brought into the story at the appropriate place. Owing to the current high degree of interest in the subject, the historical development of Zen Buddhism receives a bit more attention that the other traditions. For anyone new to the study, and excited by the idea, of Eastern thought.
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Monasticism Buddhist And Christian

Author : 김승혜
ISBN : UVA:X030566133
Genre : Religion
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When the history of Christian monasticism is written for the twentieth century, it will include one surprising and revolutionary development that nothing in its previous history could have prepared it for: the living dialogue with Buddhism. Over the past thirty years, while Christian theologians were eagerly discussing their doctrinal traditions with their Buddhist counterparts and rethinking their characterization of the "non-Christian" world, men and women monastics East and West were sharing methods of meditation and experiencing life in one another's communities. All of this, in turn, was part of a larger pursuit among religious-minded people across the world for a revitalized spirituality, one open to the inheritance of traditions previously considered false or at least irretrievably foreign. As the essays gathered together in the book will show, with Buddhist and Christian populations almost evenly distributed and the preservation of community-based monasticism still living in both traditions, Korea is in a unique position to reflect on the ideals of a life of "self-renunciation" as they have been conceptualized and embodied in these two world religions, and to ask what meaning the monastic experience still has for society at large.
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