The Everything Buddhism Book: Learn the Ancient Traditions and Apply Them to Modern Life

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Everything Books, Aug 1, 2003 - Religion - 304 pages
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In recent years, more and more people have been turning to Buddhist ethics for a greater understanding of themselves and their place in the world. The religion's principles of nonviolence, mindfulness, and self-awareness have resonated among those who feel increasingly distracted and conflicted in their daily lives. You can also take advantage of the ancient teachings of the Buddha and apply them to your own life to achieve clarity and inner calm. The Everything Buddhism Book walks you through the rich traditions and history of the Buddhist faith, while providing a straightforward approach to its ideological foundations. You will learn about the power of karma, the practice of Zen, and the notion of nirvana. Special features include: the life of Buddha and his influence throughout the world; descriptions of the definitive Buddhist texts and their significance; Buddhist ceremonies and celebrations; what the Buddhist teachings say about education, marriage, sex, and death; and even more!
  

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Contents

Under the Bodhi Tree The Buddhist Way
1
Buddhism Today
2
Practice Practice Practice
4
Refuge
6
Buddhas Contemporaries
8
The Buddha History and Legend
13
Siddhartha Gautama
14
Youth of Luxury and Pleasure
15
Cambodia Laos and Indonesia
134
Northward Bound
136
Japan
139
Tibet
140
Korea
141
The East Today
142
Tibetan Buddhism
145
In the News
146

The Renunciation
18
The Five Ascetics
20
The Middle Way
21
Enlightenment
22
The Buddhas Teachings The Four Noble Truths
27
The Dharma Wheel Turns
28
All Life Is Suffering
31
The Cause of Suffering Is Desire
36
Suffering Can End
37
The Way
38
The Buddhas Teachings The Eightfold Path
41
The Way
42
Right Understanding
44
Right Thought
45
Right Speech
46
Right Livelihood
47
Right Effort
48
Right Mindfulness
49
The Parable of the Poison Arrow
50
The Buddhas Ethics
51
The Five Precepts
52
Do Not Steal
53
Do Not Commit Sexual Misconduct
55
Do Not Lie
56
The Five Hindrances
57
More Precepts
59
The Precepts Versus the Ten Commandments
60
Ethical Dilemmas Today
61
The Buddhist Community
65
The Three Jewels
66
The Buddha
68
The Dharma
70
The Sangha
72
Finding the Three Jewels Today
74
Karma
77
Popular Misconceptions of Karma
78
Karma As the Moral Center
81
Karma and Cycles of Birth
83
Life As the Wheel of Samsara
84
The Power of Karma
88
The Buddhist Cosmos
91
Past Lives
92
The Three Realms
93
The Realm of Desire
94
The Realm of Form
99
The Realm of NoForm
100
Making Sense of the Cosmos
101
Buddhism in India Life after Buddha
103
The Buddhas Life and Death
104
The Followers
106
The Council at Rajagriha
107
The Council at Vesali
108
The Council at Pataliputra
109
The Council at Jalandhar
110
The Eighteen Schools
111
The Pali Canon and the Mahayana Scriptures
112
The Three Vehicles
115
The Diversification of Buddhism
116
Theravada
117
Mahayana
119
Theravada and Mahayana on Emptiness
121
Differences Between the Two Main Schools
122
Vajrayana
123
The Spread of Buddhism
129
Sri Lanka
130
Burma
132
Thailand
133
The Six Traditions of Tibetan Spirituality
148
Common Threads
153
The Quest for the Dalai Lama
154
Contemporary Tibet
156
Zen Practice
159
Beginners Mind
160
Zazen
161
Group Practice
164
Koan Practice
166
Work Practice
168
Zen Study and Liturgy
170
Meditation Practice
171
Why Meditate?
172
Supplies
173
Posture
175
The Breath
176
Techniques
177
Mindfulness
182
Nirvana
185
Extinguishing the Fires of Desire
186
No Place
187
Nirvana in This Life
190
Nirvana after Death
193
Nirvana versus Heaven
194
What the Teachers Say about Nirvana
195
Ceremony and Celebration
199
Pilgrimages
200
Engaged Buddhism
203
Tea Ceremonies
205
Holidays
209
Know Thy Neighbor
212
Life and Death and Other Practical Matters
213
Children and Practice
214
Rites of Passage
215
Education
216
Visiting Monasteries
217
Marriage
218
Buddhism and Sex
220
Women in Buddhism
221
Death
223
Buddhist Art
225
Art Practice
226
Buddhist Statuary and Images
228
Sand Paintings and Mandalas
230
Gardens
231
Haiku
232
Zen Art
233
Buddha and the West
237
Westward Bound
238
Thich Nhat Hanh and Jesus
239
Thomas Merton
241
The Western Face of Buddhism
242
Contemporary Buddhist Literature
244
The Zen of Everything
245
Buddhism and Psychotherapy
247
Three American Buddhist Teachers
248
Practicing Buddhism
253
No Words
254
How to Start a Practice
255
Giving Up the Ego
258
Fullness in Emptiness
260
Here and Now
261
Glossary
264
Resources
266
Buddhist Monasteries and Practice Centers in the United States
271
Index
283
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