Pain and Its Ending: The Four Noble Truths in the Theravāda Buddhist Canon

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Religion - 255 pages
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Demonstrates how the four noble truths are used thorughout the Pali canon as a symbol of Buddha's enlightenment and as a doctrine within a larger network of Buddha's teachings. Their unique nature rests in their function as a proposition and as a symbol in the Theravada canon.
 

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Contents

A Historical Context for the Four Noble Truths
1
Cultivating Religious Experiences Doctrine and Ditthi
28
Stories and Symbols of the Buddhas Enlightenment
55
Analyzing the Four Noble Truths
85
Abhidhamma Analysis of the Four Noble Truths
108
The Four Noble Truths and the Path
131
the Nikayas
145
Studies of the Four Noble Truths in Europe and the United States
168
Symbols Propositions and Religious Experiences
212
Glossary
233
Bibliography
236
Index
251
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Professor Carol Anderson teaches in the Department of Religion, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

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