THERAVADA MEDITATION: THE BUDDHIST TRANSFORMATION OF YOGA

THERAVADA MEDITATION: THE BUDDHIST TRANSFORMATION OF YOGA

By: King, Winston L.

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The first book in English to relate modern forms of Theravada meditational practice to its Indian roots, this volume rectifies the publishing imbalanc e toward Mahayana and Zen. The classic Theravada pattern in Buddhaghosa's P at!, of Purification (circa AD. 500) is shown to be relevant to the present Buddhist world.Beginning with a general description of similarities and di fferences between the Upanishadic-Yogic and early Buddhist viewpoints, the author goes on to analyze Gotama's rejection-acceptance-modification of the Upanishadic-Yogic method of striving for moksa (salvation) in his search f or Buddhahood (enlightenment).A second major section analyzes the meditatio nal method of Buddhaghosa, showing the interaction between Upanishadic-Yogi c jhanas (modes of concentration) and Buddhist vipassana (insight meditatio n).The final chapter discusses the attraction of Theravada meditation in pa rts of the contemporary world, notably Burma, drawing upon materials little known in the West. In Burma and, to some degree, in Ceylon and Thailand, e mphasis is on a simplified meditational method open to layman as well as mo nk, yet viewed as fully orthodox.

Title: THERAVADA MEDITATION: THE BUDDHIST TRANSFORMATION OF YOGA

Author Name: King, Winston L.

Categories: Buddhism,

Publisher: Pennsylvania State Universit: 1980

ISBN Number: 0271002549

ISBN Number 13: 9780271002545

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good/Good

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