The Sociology of Early Buddhism

Author: Greg Bailey,Ian Mabbett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139438902

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Early Buddhism flourished because it was able to take up the challenge represented by buoyant economic conditions and the need for cultural uniformity in the newly emergent states in north-eastern India from the fifth century BCE onwards. This book begins with the apparent inconsistency of Buddhism, a renunciant movement, surviving within a strong urban environment, and draws out the implications of this. In spite of the Buddhist ascetic imperative, the Buddha and other celebrated monks moved easily through various levels of society and fitted into the urban landscape they inhabited. The Sociology of Early Buddhism tells how and why the early monks were able to exploit the social and political conditions of mid-first millennium north-eastern India in such a way as to ensure the growth of Buddhism into a major world religion. Its readership lies both within Buddhist studies and more widely among historians, sociologists and anthropologists of religion.

The Sociology of Philosophies

A Global Theory of Intellectual Change

Author: Randall COLLINS

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674967569

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1118

View: 2622

Randall Collins traces the movement of philosophical thought in ancient Greece, China, Japan, India, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. What emerges from this history is a social theory of intellectual change, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent local construction of meanings. Instead, Collins focuses on the social locations where sophisticated ideas are formed: the patterns of intellectual networks and their inner divisions and conflicts.

The Religion of India

The Sociology of Hinduism and Buddhism

Author: Max Weber

Publisher: Munshirm Manoharlal Pub Pvt Limited

ISBN: 9788121505710

Category: Religion

Page: 392

View: 5042

Classic on the connection between religious institutions and administration, bureaucracy.

Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks

Mobility and Exchange Within and Beyond the Northwestern Borderlands of South Asia

Author: Jason Neelis

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004181598

Category: History

Page: 371

View: 1664

This book examines catalysts for Buddhist formation in ancient South Asia and expansion throughout and beyond the northwestern Indian subcontinent to Central Asia by investigating symbiotic relationships between networks of religious mobility and trade.

American Sociology of Religion


Author: Anthony J. Blasi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004161155

Category: Social Science

Page: 317

View: 6587

First ever collection of histories of American sociology of religion, including accounts of early dissertations changes in theory, and studies of denominations, globalization, feminism, new religions and Latino/a American religion.

Early Buddhist Architecture in Context

The Great Stūpa at Amarāvatī (ca. 300 BCE-300 CE)

Author: Akira Shimada

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004233261

Category: Religion

Page: 332

View: 3394

The book provides an updated chronology of the Amar?vat? st?pa and argues its close link with the long-term development of urbanization of this region between ca. 200 BCE-250 CE based on the latest archaeological, art-historical and epigraphic evidence.

Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road

Author: Johan Elverskog

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812205316

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 2994

In the contemporary world the meeting of Buddhism and Islam is most often imagined as one of violent confrontation. Indeed, the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 seemed not only to reenact the infamous Muslim destruction of Nalanda monastery in the thirteenth century but also to reaffirm the stereotypes of Buddhism as a peaceful, rational philosophy and Islam as an inherently violent and irrational religion. But if Buddhist-Muslim history was simply repeated instances of Muslim militants attacking representations of the Buddha, how had the Bamiyan Buddha statues survived thirteen hundred years of Muslim rule? Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road demonstrates that the history of Buddhist-Muslim interaction is much richer and more complex than many assume. This groundbreaking book covers Inner Asia from the eighth century through the Mongol empire and to the end of the Qing dynasty in the late nineteenth century. By exploring the meetings between Buddhists and Muslims along the Silk Road from Iran to China over more than a millennium, Johan Elverskog reveals that this long encounter was actually one of profound cross-cultural exchange in which two religious traditions were not only enriched but transformed in many ways.

Die Kosmographie der Inder

Nach Quellen dargestellt

Author: Willibald Kirfel

Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag

ISBN: 9783487401300

Category: Cosmogony, Hindu

Page: 437

View: 2820

Breaking the Circle

Death and the Afterlife in Buddhism

Author: Carl B. Becker

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809319329

Category: Philosophy

Page: 194

View: 742

In this much-needed examination of Buddhist views of death and the afterlife, Carl B. Becker bridges the gap between books on death in the West and books on Buddhism in the East. Other Western writers have addressed the mysteries surrounding death and the afterlife, but few have approached the topic from a Buddhist perspective. Here, Becker resolves questions that have troubled scholars since the beginning of Buddhism: How can Buddhism reconcile its belief in karma and rebirth with its denial of a permanent soul? What is reborn? And when, exactly, is the moment of death? By systematically tracing Buddhism’s migration from India through China, Japan, and Tibet, Becker demonstrates how culture and environment affect Buddhist religious tradition. In addition to discussing historical Buddhism, Becker shows how Buddhism resolves controversial current issues as well. In the face of modern medicine’s trend toward depersonalization, traditional Buddhist practices imbue the dying process with respect and dignity. At the same time, Buddhist tradition offers documented precedents for decision making in cases of suicide and euthanasia.


Handbuch und kritische Einführung

Author: Oliver Freiberger,Christoph Kleine

Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company


Category: Religion

Page: 536

View: 2572

English summary: This book is a comprehensive introduction into Buddhism, its history and teachings and its many practices. It starts with a survey of Buddhist history in Asia and the West and continues discussing a variety of topics: Buddhist languages and texts, worldviews, religious practice, social forms, state and politics, economy, art and architecture, modernization and globalization, and the interaction with other religions. German text. German description: Die Autoren bieten eine aktuelle Einfuhrung in die Geschichte und die vielfaltigen Lehren und Praktiken des Buddhismus. Es gibt einen Uberblick zur historischen Entwicklung des Buddhismus in Asien und dem Westen und behandelt im Anschluss diverse Themenkomplexe: buddhistische Sprachen und Texte, Weltbilder, religiose Praxis, Sozialformen, Staat und Politik, Okonomie, Kunst und Architektur, Modernisierung und Globalisierung, sowie die Interaktion mit anderen Religionen. Zahlreiche Beispiele illustrieren die Vielfalt der buddhistischen Haltungen zu diesen Fragen in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Dabei wird deutlich, dass das im Westen verbreitete positive Bild vom Buddhismus als einer friedfertigen, weltabgewandten und meditativen Erleuchtungslehre grosse und wichtige Bereiche dieser Religion ausblendet, z.B. die gesamte nicht-meditative religiose Praxis, interne Konflikte aller Art, wirtschaftliche und politische Interessen, Mission, die Verfolgung Andersglaubiger oder die religiose Rechtfertigung von Krieg und Gewalt. Oliver Freiberger und Christoph Kleine versuchen, anhand von Beispielen die reale und faszinierende Komplexitat des Buddhismus anzudeuten und damit das Interesse auch fur weniger populare, aber nicht minder bedeutsame Facetten dieser Religion zu wecken. Es bietet eine leserfreundliche und informative Einfuhrung, die den aktuellen Stand der Forschung reprasentiert.

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

Author: Didier Fassin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118290585

Category: Social Science

Page: 664

View: 4914

A Companion to Moral Anthropology is the first collective consideration of the anthropological dimensions of morals, morality, and ethics. Original essays by international experts explore the various currents, approaches, and issues in this important new discipline, examining topics such as the ethnography of moralities, the study of moral subjectivities, and the exploration of moral economies. Investigates the central legacies of moral anthropology, the formation of moral facts and values, the context of local moralities, and the frontiers between moralities, politics, humanitarianism Features contributions from pioneers in the field of moral anthropology, as well as international experts in related fields such as moral philosophy, moral psychology, evolutionary biology and neuroethics

Religion in Relation

Method, Application, and Moral Location

Author: Ivan Strenski

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780872498662

Category: Religion

Page: 257

View: 6303

Presents a collection of eleven of the author's essays on the intellectual & moral foundations of the study of religion as it has been known in Europe & America since the turn of the century. For sale in the U.S., its dependencies, & Canada only .

The Sociology of Religion

A Substantive and Transdisciplinary Approach

Author: George Lundskow

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412937213

Category: Social Science

Page: 445

View: 7067

Using a lively narrative, The Sociology of Religion is an insightful text that follows the logic of actual research, first investigating the facts of religion in all its great diversity, including its practices and beliefs, and then analyzing actual examples of religious developments using relevant conceptual frameworks. As a result, students actively engage in the discovery, learning, and analytical processes as they progress through the textùjust as a scholar pursues knowledge in the field and then applies theoretical constructs to interpret findings.This unique text is organized around essential topics and real-life issues and examines religion both as an object of sociological analysis as well as a device for seeking personal meaning in life. While primarily sociological in focus, the text incorporates relevant interdisciplinary scholarshipùthus teaching sociological perspectives on religion while introducing students to relevant research from other fields. Sidebar features and photographs of religious figures bring the text to life for readers.Key Features and Benefits:Uses substantive and truly contemporary real-life religious issues of current interest to engage the reader in a way few other texts doCombines theory with empirical examples drawn from the United States and around the world, emphasizing a critical and analytical perspective that encourages better understanding of the material presentedFeatures discussions of emergent religions, consumerism, and the link between religion, sports, and other forms of popular cultureDraws upon interdisciplinary literature, helping students appreciate the contributions of other disciplines while primarily developing an understanding of the sociology of religion InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM· InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM contains chapter outlines, summaries, multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and short answer questions as well as illustrations from the book. Contact Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243) to request a copy (6:00 a.m.û5:00 p.m., PST).Intended Audience: This core text is designed for upper-level undergraduate students of Sociology of Religion or Religion and Politics.

Nirvana for Sale?

Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakaya Temple in Contemporary Thailand

Author: Rachelle M. Scott

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438427843

Category: Religion

Page: 242

View: 7370

Explores the relationship between material prosperity and spirituality in contemporary Thai Buddhism.


Author: Bettina von Arnim

Publisher: N.A



Page: 243

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The Science of Religion and the Sociology of Knowledge

Some Methodological Questions

Author: Ninian Smart

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400868882

Category: Philosophy

Page: 174

View: 3311

Ambitiously undertaking to develop a strategy for making the study of religion "scientific," Ninian Smart tackles a set of interrelated issues that bear importantly on the status of religion as an academic discipline. He draws a clear distinction between studying religion and "doing theology," and considers how phenomenological method may be used in investigating objects of religious attitudes without presupposing the existence of God or gods. He goes on to criticize projectionist theories of religion (notably Berger's) and theories of rationality in both religion and anthropology. On this basis he builds a theory of religious dynamics which gives religious ideas and entities an autonomous place in the sociology of knowledge. His overall purpose is thus "to indicate ways forward in the study of religion which free it from being crypto-apologetics or elevating poetry." Originally published in 1973. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.