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On Being Buddha
The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood
On Being Buddha
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Paul J. Griffiths - Author
SUNY series, Toward a Comparative Philosophy of Religions
Hardcover - 288 pages
Release Date: September 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2127-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2127-7

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Paperback - 288 pages
Release Date: September 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2128-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2128-4


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The book's analysis is based almost entirely upon original sources in their original languages. All extracts discussed are translated into English and the book is accessible to nonspecialists, while still treating material that has not been much discussed by western scholars.

"The book raises fundamental issues concerning not only Buddhist ways of conceptualizing divinity but human ways in general of doing so. It provides remarkable new insights in both of those domains. The book is of unquestionable importance." --Makransky, Boston College

Paul J. Griffiths is Associate Professor in the Divinity School and in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He has previously published books on Buddhist philosophy (On Being Mindless and The Realm of Awakening) and on cross-cultural philosophy and theology (An Apology for Apologetics).

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Table of Contents

by Frank E. Reynolds



Chapter One: The Doctrinal Study of Doctrine
1.0 Prolegomena
1.1 Primary Doctrines
1.2 Secondary Doctrines
1.2.1 Rules of Recognition and Patterns of Derivation
1.2.2 Rules of Interpretation and Combination
1.3 The Doctrinal Uses of Primary Doctrines
1.4 Applying the Theory

Chapter Two: Buddhist Doctrine
2.0 Prolegomena
2.1 The Doctrinal Digests
2.2 The Authority of the Doctrinal Digests
2.3 The Content and Subject-Matter of the DoctrinalDigests
2.4 The Goals of the Doctrinal Digests
2.5 Theories of Doctrine in the Doctrinal Digests
2.5.1 Rules of Recognition
2.5.2 Rules of Interpretation

Chapter Three: Buddhalogical Doctrine
3.0 Prolegomena
3.1 Buddhalogy and Maximal Greatness
3.2 Titles and Epithets of Buddha
3.3 Properties of Buddha
3.4 Analytical and Organizational Schemata
3.5 Metaphysical Embeddedness and Systematic Location

Chapter Four: Buddha in the World
4.0 Prolegomena
4.1 The Buddha-Legend
4.2 Bodies of Magical Transformation
4.3 Buddha's Perfections of Appearance in the World
4.4 Buddha's Perfections of Action in the World
4.4.1 Spontaneity and Effortlessness
4.4.2 Endlessness and Omnipresence
4.4.3 Excursus: Buddha's Consumption of Food
4.5 Buddha's Perfections of Cognition in the World
4.5.1 0mnilinguality
4.5.2 Awareness of What Is Possible and What Is Impossible
4.6 One Body of Magical Transformation at a Time? A Controversy

Chapter Five: Buddha in Heaven
5.0 Prolegomena
5.1 Ornamenting Heaven
5.2 Bodies of Communal Enjoyment

Chapter Six: Buddha in Eternity
6.0 Prolegomena
6.1 Epistemic Predicates
6.1.1 Awareness Simpliciter
6.1.2 Buddha's Awareness
6.2 Metaphysical Predicates

Chapter Seven: Doctrinal Criticism
Doctrinal Criticism





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