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Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism - Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies


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These titles are published in association with the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Oxford, UK.

Founding Editors: Charles S. Prebish, Utah State University, USA and Damien Keown, Goldsmith's College, London University, UK.

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Remaking Buddhism for Medieval Nepal: The Fifteenth-Century Reformation of Newar Buddhism

Remaking Buddhism for Medieval Nepal: The Fifteenth-Century Reformation of Newar Buddhism

1st Edition

Will Tuladhar-Douglas
September 12, 2014

Will Tuladhar-Douglas sheds new light on an important branch of Mahayana Buddhism and establishes the existence, character and causes of a renaissance of Buddhism in the fifteenth century in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. He provides the basis for the historical study of Newar Buddhism as...

Metaphor and Literalism in Buddhism: The Doctrinal History of Nirvana

Metaphor and Literalism in Buddhism: The Doctrinal History of Nirvana

1st Edition

Soonil Hwang
September 13, 2012

Soonil Hwang studies the doctrinal development of nirvana in the Pali Nikaaya and subsequent tradition and compares it with the Chinese aagama and its traditional interpretation. He clarifies early doctrinal developments of Nirvana and traces the word and related terms back to their original...

How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings

How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings

1st Edition

Richard F. Gombrich
December 13, 2011

Written by one of the world's top scholars in the field of Pali Buddhism, this new and updated edition of How Buddhism Began, discusses various important doctrines and themes in early Buddhism. It takes 'early Buddhism' to be that reflected in the Pali canon, and to some extent assumes that...

Early Buddhist Metaphysics: The Making of a Philosophical Tradition

Early Buddhist Metaphysics: The Making of a Philosophical Tradition

1st Edition

Noa Ronkin
February 10, 2011

Early Buddhist Metaphysics provides a philosophical account of the major doctrinal shift in the history of early Theravada tradition in India: the transition from the earliest stratum of Buddhist thought to the systematic and allegedly scholastic philosophy of the Pali Abhidhamma movement....

Mipham's Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness: To Be, Not to Be or Neither

Mipham's Dialectics and the Debates on Emptiness: To Be, Not to Be or Neither

1st Edition

Karma Phuntsho
September 17, 2010

This is an introduction to the Buddhist philosophy of Emptiness which explores a number of themes in connection with the concept of Emptiness, a highly technical but very central notion in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. It examines the critique by the leading Nyingma school philosopher Mipham (...

The Biographies of Rechungpa: The Evolution of a Tibetan Hagiography

The Biographies of Rechungpa: The Evolution of a Tibetan Hagiography

1st Edition

Peter Alan Roberts
August 15, 2010

This book traces the lifestory of Rechungpa (1084-1161) - the student of the famous teacher Milarepa - using rare and little-known manuscripts, and discovers how the image of both Milarepa and Rechungpa underwent fundamental transformations over a period of over three centuries. Peter Alan Roberts&...

The Origin of Buddhist Meditation

The Origin of Buddhist Meditation

1st Edition

Alexander Wynne
April 29, 2009

Having identified early material that goes back to the Buddha himself, the author argues that the two teachers of the Buddha were historical figures. Based on the early Brahminic literature, namely the early Upanishads and Moksadharma, the author asserts the origin of the method of meditation...

Buddhist Meditation: An Anthology of Texts from the Pali Canon

Buddhist Meditation: An Anthology of Texts from the Pali Canon

1st Edition

Sarah Shaw
November 01, 2008

Meditative practice lies at the heart of the Buddhist tradition. This introductory anthology gives a representative sample of the various kinds of meditations described in the earliest body of Buddhist scripture, the Pali canon. It provides a broad introduction to their traditional context and...

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