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Author Sadakata, Akira, 1936- author
定方晟 (1936-) author
Title Shumisen to gokuraku. English
Buddhist cosmology : philosophy and origins / by Akira Sadakata ; translated by Gaynor Sekimori ; with a foreword by Hajime Nakamura
Imprint Tokyo : Kōsei Publishing Co., 1997
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BQ4570.C6 S124 1997    AVAILABLE    30530001299114
Edition First English edition
Descript 223 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Note Comprised of translations of the author's Shumisen to gokuraku, 1973, and several essays published in Japanese between 1976 and 1988
Includes bibliographical references and index
Foreword / Hajime Nakamura -- 1. The Structure of Matter and the Universe -- 2. Hells, Heavens, and Other Realms -- 3. Transmigration, Karma, and Enlightenment -- 4. The Cosmos and Time -- 5. The Western Pure Land -- 6. Buddhist Deities -- 7. The Buddha and the Cosmos -- 8. Changes in the Conception of Hell -- 9. The Buddhist View of the Universe Today -- Appendix. Linear Measurement
"This extensively researched and illustrated volume offers Western readers a rare introduction to Buddhism's complex and fascinating views about the structure of the universe. The book begins by clearly explaining classical cosmology, with its symmetrical, India-centered universe and multitudinous heavens and hells, and illuminates the cosmos's relation to the human concerns of karma, transmigration, and enlightenment. It moves on to discuss the Mahayana conception of the universe as a lotus flower containing uncountable realms, each with its own buddha. Then, examining changes in the notions of hell and the gods, the author traces Buddhism's gradual shift from a religion to a mythology. Throughout, treatment of Buddhism's historical, geographical, and doctrinal origins complements detailed cosmological descriptions. Finally, the author shows us how this ancient philosophy resembles the modern scientific view of the cosmos, and how even today it can help us lead more fulfilling lives."--BOOK JACKET
Subject Buddhist cosmology
Buddhist philosophy
Alt Author Sekimori, Gaynor, translator
Nakamura, Hajime, 1912-1999, writer of foreword
中村元 (1912-1999), writer of foreword
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