By Christmas Humphreys
A dictionary and a word list of phrases plus short biographies of eminent Buddhists and students from either East and West.
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This encyclopedia covers gala's, texts, doctrine, rituals, practices, biographies, deities and heroes, structure, mythology, sects, and associations of the spiritual culture coated. one of the greater than 1,700 entries are Dogen Kigan, Filial piety, and Shikhin Buddha. a lot of the content material involves brief, dictionary-type definitions, even though a few (for instance, Bodhisattva precepts, Buddha, Pilgrimage) are extra expansive. The illustrations are all black and white, happen on nearly one-quarter of the pages, and typically disguise lower than part a web page. The entries contain vast cross-references, and the "Contents by way of Subject" before everything of the encyclopedia aids the reader in finding thematically similar entries. The insurance of the topic parts is good.
The encyclopedia might have been vastly more desirable with the inclusion of glossaries giving the phrases within the quite a few languages concerned. A thesaurus of Sanskrit, chinese language characters, pinyin and Wade-Giles chinese language transliteration equipment, and transliterated jap could considerably elevate the software. 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 resources, equivalent 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 precious. for instance, Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Kodansha, 1993) contains the chinese language characters with eastern transliterations besides some distance more desirable illustrations and offers stable insurance of non secular topics. besides the fact that, educational libraries assisting huge non secular reports departments should want to purchase The Ilustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism for the additional insurance. Public libraries that experience no different assets on Zen Buddhism may additionally reflect on it. RBB
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Extra resources for A Popular Dictionary of Buddhism (Popular Dictionaries of Religion)
Here the raised right hand has at least two fingers closed, or the two hands may be touching in more complex form. In M. Schools a great variety of forms are used, especially in Tibetan Bsm. In iconography there are also Rūpas of Bodhisattvas and lesser members of the Bst. pantheon. ). The faculty of supreme understanding as distinct from the understanding itself. The sixth principle in the sevenfold constitution of man taught in the esoteric schools of Buddhism, and as such the link between the Ultimate Reality and the Mind (Manas).
In Ceylon, when a Fourth Great Council was held. D. 70 a Council was held in Kashmir under the patronage of King Kanishka, but as the doctrines promulgated were exclusively Mahayana it is not recognized by the Theravāda. The Fifth Council was held in 1871 at the instance of King Mindon of Burma, when the Tipitika was carved on 729 marble slabs and preserved at Mandalay. ) opened. ): 2,500 Bhikkhus took part in checking the entire Pali Canon. Craving See Desire. Cremation Cremation is the usual mode of treating the dead in hot countries, and the Buddha’s body was cremated.
Declared herself a Buddhist at Galle (Ceylon) in 1880 and inspired the Buddhist revival in Ceylon. d. 8 May, 1891, London. R. were withdrawn. Blavatsky. Blofeld, John English Buddhist. , having travelled widely in China. Translator for the Buddhist Society of works of Huang Po and Hui Hai. Author of The Zen Teaching of Huang Po (1958), The Jewel in the Lotus (1948), The Wheel of Life (1959), and Beyond the Gods (1974). Blue Cliff Records See Hekigan Roku. H. English Buddhist who has spent most of his life in the Far East.