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Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities (Steven Collins) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1998) 9780521570541
Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities (Steven Collins) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1998) 9780521570541
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Title: Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities

Author: Collins, Steven

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1998

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521570541

Volumes: 1; Pages: 708

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This book presents a new answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part One distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism, looking at the place of nirvana in both. Part Two explores other Buddhist utopias and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history, and ideology in premodern civilizations, aiming to contribute to a new vision of Buddhist history that integrates the inside and the outside of texts.ContentsPreface and AcknowledgementsGeneral Introduction: Buddhism and Civilisation History I--Structures and ProcessesPart I. Nirvana in and Out of Time: Introduction to Part I: systematic and narrative thought--eternity and closure in structure and story1. The concept of Nirvana2. The imagery of Nirvana3. Nirvana, time and narrativeConclusion to Part I: modes of thought, modes of traditionPart II. Paradise in Heaven and on Earth: Introduction to Part II: utopia and the ideal society4. Heaven, the Land of Cockaygne and Arcadia5. Millennialism; Critical discussion: what is 'millennialism'? Premodern ideas and modern movements6. The perfect moral commonwealth? Kingship and its discontents7. The Vessantara Jtaka; Conclusion to Part II: in what sense can one speak of Buddhist utopianism?General Conclusion: Buddhism and Civilisation History II--RepriseAppendices i. Selections from the Buddhavamsa ii. Chapters 1 and 2 of the Mahavamsa iii. The discourse (containing) a Lion's Roar on the Wheel-turning King (Cakkavatti-sihanada Sutta) iv. The story of the Elder Maleyya (Maleyyadevatthera-vatthu) v. The discourse on what is primary (Agganna Sutta)Abbreviations and key to textual chronologyBibliography
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