Author: E Ahmad-ShahPublisher: Lucknow Publishing HouseYear: 2012Language: EnglishPages: 220ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187739592
Buddhism is presented in this book in a succinct form from two points of view: as understood from the Tripitakas— the "three baskets" containing records of the life and teachings of the Buddha; and secondly, as seen by scholars in India, China and Japan, the three principal countries in which Buddhism spread and took root. Written in the form of articles on different topics, the first part consists of the life and teachings of the Buddha described against a historical background and an account of the expansion of Hinnayana Buddhism in various periods. The origin and growth of Mahayana Buddhism are discussed in historical perepective, and the reader is given concise information on Zen Buddhism. In the second part, after setting out the Christian faith in a form that can be understood easily by anyone learning about it even for the first time, the author goes into a comparative discussion of the theological concepts in Buddhism and Christianity. The book is a helpful introduction to a study of Buddhism in relation to the Christian Faith. The other popular books by the author are: Theology: Christian and Hindu and Theology: Muslim and Christian, from the same publishers.
Contents PrefacePart I BuddhismSection A: Hinnayana BuddhismChapter I: IntroductionArticle 1. Background of BuddhismArticle 2. Religious ConditionsArticle 3. Five Stages of Buddha’s Life and Periods of Buddhist ThoughtChapter II: Annunciation and Exposition of Teachings of Gouttama BuddhaArticle 1.The Sutta Pitaka (Sermon Basket)Article 2.The Abhidhamma Pitaka (Super-Law Basket)Article 3.1he Vinaya Pitaka (Discipline Basket)Chapter III: Expansion of BuddhismArticle 1.IntroductionArticle 2.Expansion among Tribal GroupsArticle 3. Expansion among Feudal MonarchsArticle 4. Expansion of Buddhism ContinuedArticle 5. Expansion Before, During and after Ashoka(a) In pre—Ashokan time (462B. C. 272 B. G.)(b) During the Ashokan time (272-232 B: R.(c) In post Ashokan timeSection B: Mahayana BuddhismChapter IV: The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism Article 1. Introduction: Historical BackgroundArticle 2. Ashvaghosha (38-I23 A. D.) – Key to Origin of Mahayana BuddhismArticle 3. Origin of Mahayana BuddhismChapter V: Historical Developments of Mahayana BuddhismArticle 1. IntroductionArticle 2. Nagarjuna’s Madhyamika SastraArticle 3. Yogacharya’s Vijnanavada Article 4. Further Developments of Mahayana BuddhismChapter VI: Buddhism in China, S. E. Asia and TibetArticle 1. In China(a) Introduction: Historical Period(b) The advent of Buddhism in China(c) Its progressive developmentArticle 2. Buddhism in South-East AsiaArticle 3. Buddhism in TibetChapter VII: Zen BuddhismArticle 1. Possible Bases in Buddha’s TeachingsArticle 2. Seeds of Buddhism in Ashvaghosha’s Buddha CharitraArticle 3. Zen Buddhism’s Background in the two classical Schools of India, modified by Chan School of ChinaArticle 4. Zen Buddhism in JapanArticle 5. Zen Buddhism and its Cardinal TeachingsArticle 6. Death-bed Scene of BuddhaPart II: Christian FaithChapter I: Theology is ChristologyArticle 1. Significance and Importance of the BibleArticle 2. Theology is ChristologyArticle 3. ChristologyArticle 4. The Spectrum of ChristologyArticle 5. Jesus Christ – His Humanity – the Son of Man Article 6. Jesus Christ – His Divinity – the Son of GodChapter II: CosmologyArticle l. Cosmology and GodArticle 2. So-called ProofsArticle 3. What is Cosmology?Article 4. Cosmology from the Scientific ViewpointArticle 5. Biblical CosmologyChapter III: Soteriology Article l. IntroductionArticle 2. Existential Condition of Man as SinnerArticle 3. The Nature of SinArticle 4. AtonementArticle 5. Significance and Importance of SacrificeArticle 6. Salvation is for allChapter IV: Qodesh Ruachology (Discourses on the Holy Spirit)Article 1. Meaning and ImplicationArticle 2. The Holy Spirit as PersonArticle 3. Divine PersonChapter V: EschatologyArticle 1. Meaning and ImplicationArticle2. Kingdom of GodArticle 3. Scholar’s InterpretationArticle 4. Biblical ViewChapter VI: Kristo Katha for the Yellow RobeArticle 1. IntroductionArticle 2. Revelation of God in Jesus Christ as Son of ManArticle 3. Revelation of God in Jesus Christ as Son of GodArticle 4. Comparative Study of Origin and Nature of Cosmos and SamsaraArticle 5. Man’s Origin, Existential Condition in Christian Faith and BuddhismArticle 6. Salvation and Gatti (Deliverance)Article 7. Destiny of Man and the WorldGlossary