By Peter Harvey
This e-book is a entire creation to Buddhist culture because it has built in 3 significant cultural components in Asia, and to Buddhism because it is now constructing within the West. it really is meant to be a textbook for college students of spiritual and Asian reports, however it may also be of curiosity to those that desire a basic survey of Buddhism and its ideals. not like many different basic books approximately Buddhism, it not just explores the area perspectives of the faith but additionally makes an attempt to teach how Buddhism capabilities as a collection of practices. It therefore contains chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are relating to Buddhist teachings and ancient advancements. Emphasizing because it does the range chanced on inside of diversified Buddhist traditions, the ebook goals all through to underline universal threads of trust, perform and historic continuities which unify the Buddhist international. Dr. Harvey solutions questions which are usually requested by way of humans on first assembly the culture, and in his part on Nirvana deals a unique interpretation of this final, transcendent secret.
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Looking to China and Japan, for example, one finds that neither the development of Buddhist pilgrimage centers at earlier mountain cult sites nor the use o f Indian and Tantric representations like the manndala for their appropriation and organization are unique to Tibet during the period of the establishment of the great neri. 19 From the T’ang ( 6 1 8 907) onward, the Chinese began to focus much attention, under Buddhist influence, on mountains as major pilgrimage centers, particularly places like W u -t’ai Shan and Omei Shan.
In common with ideas of merit accumulation in other ritual contexts, Tibetans believe that one can redirect the merits o f pilgrimage to other persons who do not take part directly. This is the basis for the practice o f substitution pilgrimages in the form of circumambulations o f various holy places by hired proxies. It must be realized, however, that the somewhat abstract idea o f accumulating merit is only one o f many diverse aspects involved in walking a circumambulation path on pilgrimage.
The Dalai Lama) or having a deity temporarily in residence during specific ritual operations, such as advanced forms o f Tantric meditation or yoga. Icons, shrines, buildings, and so on, generally defined as “ supports” (ten), become ne by having a deity projected onto them or invited to take up residence (ne) in the consecration ceremony termed rabne. The concept of ten as a “ support” or “ representation” o f a deity is closely related to, and interchangeable with, that o f ne in many instances in pilgrimage.
An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices by Peter Harvey