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Buddhism For Dummies

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Efnisyfirlit

  • About the Authors
  • Dedication
  • Authors’ Acknowledgments
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
    • About This Book
    • Conventions Used in This Book
    • How This Book Is Organized
    • Icons Used in This Book
    • Where to Go from Here
  • Part I: Embarking on a Journey: The Basics of Buddhism
    • Chapter 1: Entering the World of Buddhism: The Basics
      • Figuring Out Whether Buddhism Is a Religion
      • Recognizing the Role of the Buddha
      • Understanding the Function of Philosophy in Buddhism
      • Appreciating Buddhist Practices
      • Dedicating Your Life to the Benefit of All Beings
    • Chapter 2: Understanding Your Mind: The Creator of All Experience
      • Recognizing How Your Mind Shapes Your Experience
      • Contrasting the Body and Mind
      • Approaching the Mind from Three Different Buddhist Perspectives
      • Appreciating the Fundamental Purity of Your Mind
      • Tracing the Path of Wisdom and Loving Compassion
  • Part II: A Short History of Buddhism
    • Chapter 3: Surveying the Life and Teachings of the Historical Buddha
      • Revealing the Buddha’s Early Life
      • Beginning the Quest
      • Sitting in the Shade of the Bodhi Tree: The Defeat of Mara
      • Benefiting Others: The Buddha’s Career in Full Gear
      • Understanding the Four Noble Truths
      • Envisioning the Future
    • Chapter 4: The Development of Buddhism on the Indian Subcontinent
      • Convening the First Buddhist Council
      • Spreading the Teachings — Peacefully
      • A Fork in the Road: Managing a Developing Split in the Buddhist Community
      • Making Buddhism a Religion of the People: The Emperor Ashoka’s Influence
      • Two Levels of Practice in Early Buddhism
      • Witnessing Shifting Allegiances and New Ideals
      • Recognizing the Major Mahayana Themes
      • Chronicling the Rise of the Mahayana Teachings
      • Looking at the Decline and Reappearance of Buddhism in India
      • Moving Mountains: Buddhism in Nepal
    • Chapter 5: Watching Developments Continue to the Present Day
      • Tracing the Two Routes of Buddhism
      • Spreading the Way of the Elders Across Southeast Asia to the West
      • Driving the Great Vehicle to China and Beyond
  • Part III: Behaving Like a Buddhist
    • Chapter 6: Turning to Buddhism
      • Proceeding at Your Own Pace
      • Getting Acquainted with the Teachings of Buddhism
      • Formally Becoming a Buddhist
      • Entering the Monastic Way
    • Chapter 7: Meditation: A Central Practice of Buddhism
      • Dispelling Some Meditation Myths
      • Defining Meditation
      • Exploring the Benefits of Meditation
      • Understanding the Threefold Nature of Buddhist Meditation
      • Developing the Three Wisdoms As the Foundation for Insight
    • Chapter 8: A Day in the Life of a Buddhist Practitioner
      • Surveying the Role of Monasteries in Buddhism
      • Renouncing Worldly Attachments: A Day in the Life of a Western Buddhist Monk
      • Growing a Lotus in the Mud: A Day in the Life of a Zen Practitioner
      • Devoting Yourself to the Three Jewels: A Day in the Life of a Vajrayana Practitioner
      • Trusting the Mind of Amida: A Day in the Life of a Pure Land Buddhist
    • Chapter 9: Walking in the Buddha’s Footsteps
      • Visiting the Primary Places of Pilgrimage
      • Seeing Other Important Pilgrimage Sites
      • Going on Pilgrimage Today
  • Part IV: Exploring the Buddhist Path
    • Chapter 10: What Is Enlightenment, Anyway?
      • Considering the Many Faces of Spiritual Realization
      • Reviewing the Theravada Tradition’s Take on Nirvana
      • Getting a Handle on Two Traditions of Wisdom
      • Realizing the Mind’s Essential Purity in the Vajrayana Tradition
      • Standing Nirvana on Its Head with Zen
      • Finding the Common Threads in Buddhist Enlightenment
    • Chapter 11: A Matter of Life and Death
      • Taking Death Personally
      • Recognizing Your Life As a Rare and Precious Opportunity
      • Facing Reality: The Nine-Part Death Meditation
      • Reaping the Result of the Death Meditation
      • Dealing with the Death of a Loved One
      • Surveying Attitudes toward Death in Buddhist Traditions
    • Chapter 12: Minding the Concept of Karma
      • Appreciating the Law of Karmic Cause and Effect
      • Experiencing Karmic Consequences
      • Following the Buddha’s Ethical Guidance
      • Exploring the Buddhist Precepts
      • Dealing with Transgressions
    • Chapter 13: Breaking Free of the Cycle of Dissatisfaction
      • Feeling Like Life’s a Big Rat Race
      • Spinning the Wheel of Life: The Meaning of Wandering in Samsara
      • Cutting through Suffering: The Three Trainings
    • Chapter 14: Fulfilling Your Highest Potential
      • Ordering a Round of Happiness for Everyone and Everything
      • Dedicating Your Heart to Others
      • Nurturing the Four Divine Abodes
      • Cultivating the Six Perfections of a Bodhisattva
    • Chapter 15: Life Stories of Four Buddhist Masters
      • Dipa Ma (1911– 1989)
      • Ajahn Chah (1918– 1992)
      • Thich Nhat Hanh (Born 1926)
      • The Dalai Lama (Born 1935)
  • Part V: The Part of Tens
    • Chapter 16: Ten Common Misconceptions about Buddhism
      • Buddhism Is Only for Asians
      • To Buddhists, the Buddha Is God
      • Buddhists Are Idol Worshippers
      • Because Buddhists Think Life Is Suffering, They Look Forward to Dying
      • Buddhists Think That Everything Is an Illusion
      • Buddhists Don’t Believe in Anything
      • Only Buddhists Can Practice Buddhism
      • Buddhists Are Interested Only in Contemplating Their Navels
      • Buddhists Never Get Angry
      • “It’s Just Your Karma; There’s Nothing You Can Do about It”
      • Buddhists Don’t Know How to Count
    • Chapter 17: Ten Ways Buddhism Can Help You Deal with Life’s Problems
      • Affirming the Basic Principles
      • Applying the Basic Principles
  • Part VI: Appendixes
    • Appendix A: Explaining Buddhist Terms
    • Appendix B: Additional Buddhist Resources to Check Out
      • The Story of the Buddha
      • Buddhist Classics, Old and New
      • Well Worth Reading
      • By and about the Modern Masters
      • Women and Buddhism
      • Socially Engaged Buddhism
      • At Your Local Newsstand
  • Index

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