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Subtitled “Symbols of Self-Realization in the Kanfugen-gyo [the meditation practice of the Lotus Sutra trilogy],” this was a presentation at the conference on Jungian Perspectives on Creativity and the Unconscious at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1979. Having researched dreams and legends surrounding the Buddha, the view of the author…[Read more]
Two papers on the Jungian psychology of Asian religions from M.A. coursework at the University of Hawaii in 1978. “Equations of Freedom with Enlightenment” analyzes Chinese Buddhism, Taoism, and Zen as to the meaning of liberation. Then “This World as a Symbolic Body of the Buddha” analyzes the Shingon Buddhist cosmology of Kukai and its Tantric…[Read more]
Hashikuradera, the inner sanctuary of Kompira-san on Shikoku island, defied the Meiji government and has kept Buddhism and Shinto on the same hallway to this day. This old map depicts the syncretic divinity Kompira Daigongen whirling through the air from Kompira-san or Elephant’s Head Mountain (upper left) to meet Kukai, just labeled the great…[Read more]
Narasimhananda Swami deposited Book Review The Buddhist Dead Eds Bryan J Cuevas and Jacqueline I Stone Prabuddha Bharata January 2015 in the group Buddhist Studies on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Book Review The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations, Jacqueline I. Stone co-edited with Bryan J. Cuevas
This book could be seen as a novel method of tracing the history of a scripture. Jacob P. Dalton does this by “tracing the vicissitudes of a single ritual system—that of the Gathering of Intentions Sutra (Dgongs pa ’dus pa’i mdo)—from its ninth-century origins to the present day” (xv). This tantra is referred to as the “root tantra” and i…[Read more]
Religious leaders often come together for a statement of their respective beliefs seeking a false satisfaction that they are working for world peace by a disparate series of talks meant to only emphasize differences among faith traditions. This book is a welcome departure from such meaningless exercises and hopes to create a tradition of…[Read more]
The argument against free will could as well have been eternal. In this short but incisive and analytical book, Alfred R Mele, a professor of philosophy, successfully and clearly critiques the rationale against free will put forward by psychologists and neuroscientists.
A book designed for children with attractive illustrations, this volume brings out the spirit of India through the recounting of an incident that happened in India; where a boy—not wealthy of resources—returns a wallet he found and cannot even think of accepting a reward for his good act. Awarded the ‘Mom’s Choice Best Educational Picture Book’,…[Read more]
Narasimhananda Swami deposited Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana Daniel Boucher Book Review Prabuddha Bharata August 2014 in the group Buddhist Studies on Humanities Commons 4 months, 1 week ago
Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana Daniel Boucher Book Review Prabuddha Bharata August 2014
Narasimhananda Swami deposited The Mahabharata / Srimad Bhagavata – in the Poet’s Own Words by Pandit A M Srinivasachariar Book Review Prabuddha Bharata June 2010 in the group Buddhist Studies on Humanities Commons 4 months, 1 week ago
The Mahabharata / Srimad Bhagavata – in the Poet’s Own Words by Pandit A M Srinivasachariar Book Review Prabuddha Bharata June 2010
A commentary of Yinming zhenglimen lun 因明正理門論 (A Chinese translation of Nyāya-mukha) written by Gesshu 月珠 (1795-1856), a scholar priest of Shin Buddhism.
Syllabus for my course 3UU3, Buddhism in East Asia planned for Winter term 2019
This is the version of the syllabus for Asian Meditation Traditions at the end of the first term in which I offered it–Fall 2018.
James A Benn deposited Religious Studies 712 Topics in the Study of Chinese Buddhist Texts I: Translated Texts Nirvana Sutra McMaster University, Term II 2019 in the group Buddhist Studies on Humanities Commons 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Draft version of syllabus for graduate seminar on Nirvana Sutra
This special issue of Religions of South Asia is born out of this expanding area of study and collaboration between contemporary practitioners and established academic methods of study. Most of articles in this volume were first presented at an international ‘Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana’ conference hosted in Kraków, Poland in May 2016. The Krakow…[Read more]
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of meditation systems in Asia taught at McMaster University in Fall 2018
This dissertation examines the idea of ethical revaluation — taking things we normally see as good for our flourishing and seeing them as neutral or bad, and vice versa — in the Mahāyāna Buddhist thinker Śāntideva. It shows how Śāntideva’s thought on the matter is more coherent than it might otherwise appear, first by examining the consistency…[Read more]
Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory insists that valid knowledge must be derived from paradigms: sets of injunctions and social practices that lead to replicable experiences. Wilber claims that the theory still includes the essentials of premodern traditions, because the essentials of those traditions consist of a phenomenological core of practices l…[Read more]
Syllabus for a graduate seminar on Chinese Religions at McMaster University Term II 2017-2018
This dissertation considers how Tantrism, a ritual tradition vanished in India and in China, but preserved in modern Japan and Tibet, became a component of the revival of Chinese Buddhism between the two World Wars. Tantrism became appealing to revivalists who, in China’s time of internal war and foreign invasion, sought to recover this lost t…[Read more]
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