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Abhijñā/Ṛddhi (Extraordinary Knowledge and Powers)

David Fiordalis

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-01-28

Abhijñā/Ṛddhi (Extraordinary Knowledge and Powers) Introduction Abhijñā (Pali: abhiññā) is a Buddhist technical term that refers most specific...

Abortion, Buddhism and

Damien Keown

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2014-04-28

Buddhism and Abortion Introduction In Buddhist countries, abortion is not the controversial issue it has become in the West. There is comparativ...

Ajanta Caves

Akira Shimada

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2014-02-25

Ajanta Caves Introduction Ajaṇṭā is a Buddhist rock-cut cave site in Aurangabad District of Maharashtra State, western India. It was discovere...


William S. Waldron

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Ālaya-vijñāna Introduction Ālaya-vijñāna (storehouse consciousness) refers to a level of subliminal mental processes that occur uninterrupted...

Ambedkar Buddhism

Christopher S. Queen

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2014-01-30

Ambedkar Buddhism Introduction Ambedkar Buddhism, or Navayana (“new vehicle”) Buddhism, began on 14 October 1956 in Nagpur, India, when nearly...


Galen Amstutz

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Amitābha Introduction The three topics of Amitābha (in Japanese, Amida; in Chinese, Amituo), Pure Land Buddhism, and nembutsu are always lin...


K.T.S. Sarao

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2014-02-25

Anatman Introduction The term ātman (Pāli. attā/atta) is often translated into English as “self, soul, or ego.” As compared to this, anātman (...


Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-02-26

Anthropology Introduction Although the study of the anthropology of Buddhism falls within the anthropology of religion, it has evolved into it...

Archaeology of Early Buddhism

Robin Coningham

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2013-03-19

Archaeology of Early Buddhism Introduction The archaeology of Buddhism has been portrayed as the excavation of individual monuments and the ch...


George D. Bond

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2011-12-15

Arhat Introduction The term arhat (Sanskrit) or arahant (Pali) denotes for Buddhism a being who has reached a state of perfection and enlighten...

Art and Architecture In China, Buddhist

Karen S. Hwang

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

Buddhist Art and Architecture in China Introduction Buddhist art has played a crucial role in the dissemination and development of Buddhism in...

Art and Architecture in India, Buddhist

Jinah Kim

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2015-11-30

Buddhist Art and Architecture in India Introduction As Leoshko demonstrates in her Sacred Traces: British Explorations of Buddhism in South As...

Art and Architecture in Japan, Buddhist

Heather Blair

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Buddhist Art and Architecture in Japan Introduction When Buddhism entered Japan in the sixth century, its sculpture, painting, architecture, ...

Art and Architecture in Nepal, Buddhist

Erberto Lo Bue

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2011-09-30

Buddhist Art and Architecture in Nepal Introduction The earliest evidence of the presence of Buddhism in the Nepal Valley belongs to the 5th...

Art and Architecture in Tibet, Buddhist

David Gray

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2010-09-13

Buddhist Art and Architecture in Tibet Introduction Fifty years ago, Tibetan art and architecture were fields in an early stage of develo...

Art and Architecture on the "Silk Road," Buddhist

Michelle C. Wang

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Buddhist Art and Architecture on the “Silk Road” Introduction The “Silk Roads,” a term first coined by the German geographer Baron Ferdinand vo...


Karen C. Lang

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Āryadeva Introduction Āryadeva (3rd century), a disciple of Nāgārjuna, is a central figure in the development of early Indian Madhyamaka philos...


Ligeia Lugli

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2014-11-25

Asaṅga Introduction As with many early South Asian thinkers, little is known about Asaṅga. His importance in the history of Buddhism lies main...

Asceticism, Buddhism and

Liz Wilson

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2015-03-10

Buddhism and Asceticism Introduction Asceticism consists of practices of self-discipline undertaken voluntarily in order to achieve a higher s...


Kumkum Roy, Romila Thapar, Naina Dayal

Subject: Buddhism »

Date Added: 2014-09-29

Aśoka Introduction Aśoka has attracted more scholarly and popular attention than any other king known from ancient Indian history. This has pe...

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