Skilful Means: A Concept in Mahayana Buddhism

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Routledge, 2. aug. 2004 - 222 sider
'Skilful Means' is the key principle of Mahayana, one of the great Buddhist traditions. First described in the Lotus Sutra, it originates in myths of the Buddha's compassionate plans for raising life from the ceaseless round of birth and death. His strategies or interventions are 'skilful means' - morally wholesome tricks devised for the purpose of enabling nirvana or enlightenment. Michael Pye's clear and engaging introductory guide investigates the meaning and context of skilful means in Mayahana Buddhist teachings, whilst tracing its early origins in ancient Japanese and Theravada thought. First published in 1978, and still the best explanation of the concept, it illuminates a core working philosophy essential for any complete understanding of Buddhism.
 

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1 GENERAL INTRODUCTION
1
2 THE INITIAL TEACHING OF SKILFUL MEANS IN THE LOTUS SUTRA
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3 STORIES ABOUT SKILFUL MEANS IN THE LOTUS SUTRA
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4 MYTHOLOGY AND SKILFUL MEANS IN THE LOTUS SUTRA
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5 SKILFUL MEANS IN THE TEACHING OF VIMALAKhRTI
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6 SKILFUL MEANS IN THE PERFECTION OF INSIGHT LITERATURE
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7 SKILFUL MEANS IN PREMAHAYANA BUDDHISM
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8 THE TERM HiBEN IN MODERN JAPANESE
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APPENDIX A BRIEF NOTE ON THE MAIN TEXTS USED
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APPENDIX B HISTORICOCRITICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE LOTUS SUTRA
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APPENDIX C OCCURRENCES OF FANGPIEN IN THE LOTUS SUTRA
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APPENDIX D OCCURRENCES OF FANGPIEN IN THE TEACHING OF VIMALAKIRTI
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APPENDIX E OCCURRENCES OF FANGPIEN IN THE PERFECTION OF INSIGHT SUTRAS ETC
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APPENDIX F SKILFUL MEANS IN THE SURAMGAMASAMADHI SUTRA
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
202

9 GENERAL OBSERVATIONS
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Michael Pye is Professor of the Study of Religions at the University of Marburg. He is a former President of the International Association for the History of Religions (1995-2000), and has taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Leeds.

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