Emptiness and Omnipresence

Emptiness and Omnipresence : An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism

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Tiantai Buddhism emerged from an idiosyncratic and innovative interpretation of the Lotus Sutra to become one of the most complete, systematic, and influential schools of philosophical thought developed in East Asia. Brook A. Ziporyn puts Tiantai into dialogue with modern philosophical concerns to draw out its implications for ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Ziporyn explains Tiantai's unlikely roots, its positions of extreme affirmation and rejection, its religious skepticism and embrace of religious myth, and its view of human consciousness. Ziporyn reveals the profound insights of Tiantai Buddhism while stimulating philosophical reflection on its unexpected effects.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2 b&w illus., 1 table
  • 025302112X
  • 9780253021120
  • 617,885

About Brook A. Ziporyn

Brook A. Ziporyn is Professor of Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Comparative Thought at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.show more

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Those who take the journey with Ziporyn will find a rich and rewarding work, not simply due to the mind-boggling Tiantai doctrine, but also because of Ziporyn's respect for the tradition and his extraordinary finesse in presenting its demanding ideas. * Publishers Weekly *show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Just Here Is the End of Suffering: Letting Suffering Be in Early Buddhism 2. Rafts and Arrows: The Two Truths in Pre-Tiantai Buddhism 3. Neither Thus Nor Otherwise: Mahyna Approaches to Emptiness 4. Buddha-nature and Original Enlightenment 5. How to Not Know What You're Doing: Introduction to the Lotus Stra 6. The New Middle Way: Highlights of the Lotus Stra in Tiantai Context 7. The Interpervasion of All Points of View: From the Lotus Stra to Tiantai 8. Tiantai: The Multiverse as You 9. Experiencing Tiantai: Experiments with Tiantai Practice 10. Tiantai Ethics and the Worst Case Scenario Epilogue: So Far and Yet So Close NotesBibliography and Suggested ReadingIndexshow more

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