Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities

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Steven Collins
Cambridge University Press, 13 mei 1998 - 684 pagina's
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This study presents an answer to the question - what is nirvana? Part One distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, arguing that nirvana produces closure in both, and setting nirvana in the wider category of Buddhist Felicities. Part Two explores other Buddhist utopias (both eu-topias, good places, and ou-topias, no-places), and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. The book ends with a close reading of the Vessantara Jataka, which highlights the conflict between the ascetic quest for closure and ultimate felicity, and the ongoing demands of ordinary life and society. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history, and ideology in premodern civilisations.
  

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Buddhism and civilizational history 1 structures and processes
1
Part 1 Nirvana in and out of time
119
Part 2 Paradise in heaven and on earth
287
Bibliography
635

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Over de auteur (1998)

Collins, twice a world champion, at middlewight and super-middleweight, is currently at the top in his sport. In Millstreet in March 1995 he faced his greatest challenge, Chris Eubank. He & his wife, Gemma, have 3 children, Caoimhe, Stevie, & Clodagh.

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