The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism by Helen Josephine Baroni

By Helen Josephine Baroni

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This encyclopedia covers fairs, texts, doctrine, rituals, practices, biographies, deities and heroes, structure, mythology, sects, and associations of the spiritual culture lined. one of the greater than 1,700 entries are Dogen Kigan, Filial piety, and Shikhin Buddha. a lot of the content material contains brief, dictionary-type definitions, even if a few (for instance, Bodhisattva precepts, Buddha, Pilgrimage) are extra expansive. The illustrations are all black and white, take place on nearly one-quarter of the pages, and typically hide below part a web page. The entries comprise huge cross-references, and the "Contents via Subject" initially of the encyclopedia aids the reader in finding thematically similar entries. The insurance of the topic parts is good.
The encyclopedia might have been enormously stronger with the inclusion of glossaries giving the phrases within the quite a few languages concerned. A word list of Sanskrit, chinese language characters, pinyin and Wade-Giles chinese language transliteration tools, and transliterated eastern could considerably raise the application. even supposing the amount is enough for the overall reader, this conspicuous omission limits its usefulness for the more severe researcher.

Libraries that have already got universal faith reference assets, similar to Eliade's The Encyclopedia of faith (Macmillan, 1987), will most likely locate no cause so as to add this new encyclopedia to their collections. another topic encyclopedias can also be extra worthy. for instance, Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Kodansha, 1993) contains the chinese language characters with eastern transliterations besides a long way more desirable illustrations and offers stable insurance of non secular topics. in spite of the fact that, educational libraries helping huge spiritual reports departments will want to purchase The Ilustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism for the extra assurance. Public libraries that experience no different assets on Zen Buddhism may also give some thought to it. RBB
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By Helen Josephine Baroni

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This encyclopedia covers fairs, texts, doctrine, rituals, practices, biographies, deities and heroes, structure, mythology, sects, and associations of the spiritual culture lined. one of the greater than 1,700 entries are Dogen Kigan, Filial piety, and Shikhin Buddha. a lot of the content material contains brief, dictionary-type definitions, even if a few (for instance, Bodhisattva precepts, Buddha, Pilgrimage) are extra expansive. The illustrations are all black and white, take place on nearly one-quarter of the pages, and typically hide below part a web page. The entries comprise huge cross-references, and the "Contents via Subject" initially of the encyclopedia aids the reader in finding thematically similar entries. The insurance of the topic parts is good.
The encyclopedia might have been enormously stronger with the inclusion of glossaries giving the phrases within the quite a few languages concerned. A word list of Sanskrit, chinese language characters, pinyin and Wade-Giles chinese language transliteration tools, and transliterated eastern could considerably raise the application. even supposing the amount is enough for the overall reader, this conspicuous omission limits its usefulness for the more severe researcher.

Libraries that have already got universal faith reference assets, similar to Eliade's The Encyclopedia of faith (Macmillan, 1987), will most likely locate no cause so as to add this new encyclopedia to their collections. another topic encyclopedias can also be extra worthy. for instance, Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Kodansha, 1993) contains the chinese language characters with eastern transliterations besides a long way more desirable illustrations and offers stable insurance of non secular topics. in spite of the fact that, educational libraries helping huge spiritual reports departments will want to purchase The Ilustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism for the extra assurance. Public libraries that experience no different assets on Zen Buddhism may also give some thought to it. RBB
Copyright © American Library organization. All rights reserved

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Ga) The Hindu concept of a soul or true self within a human being. According to Hindu philosophy, the atman is the eternal and non-physical aspect of a person, identified with the cosmic soul, or Brahman. In the classical philosophical tradition, release (moksha) is attained by contemplating the nature of the atman and realizing its identification with Brahman. Buddhism denies the existence of the atman, rejecting the concept that any eternal, abiding, and unchanging aspect exists (Anatman). According to tradition, the Buddha sought an atman, as the Hindu tradition suggests, but discovered that it did not actually exist.

New York: Columbia University Press, 1967. The lowest and harshest region of hell, where the suffering is interminable. Avici is the worst of the eight hot hells (hachinetsu jigoku) reserved for those who have committed one of the five deadly acts (gogyakuzai) or slandered the Dharma. The inhabitants of Avici hell constantly cry out in pain. In Japanese, the Avici hell is called Muken jigoku, the Hell of Incessant Suffering. Awakening of Faith Known in Chinese as the Ta-ch’eng Ch’ihsin lun, and in Japanese as the Daijô Kishinron, a comprehensive summary of Mahayana teachings traditionally attributed to Ashvaghosha, an Indian Zen patriarch.

The Sixteen Arhats became a common theme in East Asia Buddhist painting, sculpture, and other styles of sacred imagery. In some cases, the group depicted was the Five Hundred Arhats mentioned in the Lotus Sutra. Although the arhats were not originally intended as positive images within the iconography of Mahayana art, in popular understanding they were regarded as guardian figures who protect the Buddha and the Dharma from evil forces. Like the early tradition, the Zen school tends to regard the arhat as a figure worthy of respect and admiration.

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