Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities
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Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities by Steven Collins
Book DescriptionThis book presents an answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part I distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, arguing that nirvana produces closure in both, and setting nirvana in the wider category of Buddhist Felicities. Part II explores other Buddhist utopias (both eu-topias, 'good places', and ou-topias, 'no-places'), and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. The book ends with a close reading of the Vessantara Jataka, which highlights the conflict between the ascetic quest for closure and ultimate felicity, and the ongoing demands of ordinary life and society. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history and ideology in premodern civilizations, aiming to contribute to an alternate vision of Buddhist history, which can hold both the inside and the outside of texts together.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521578424
(228mm x 152mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Steven Collins
Nirvana, Hardback (March 2010)
An introduction to the Buddhist concept of nirvana, offering its own interpretations of key texts and translations for non-specialist readers.
Religious Culture of India, Paperback (December 2005)» View all books by Steven Collins
A lively and innovative exploration of the traditional Indian religions and cultures, by a leading scholar.
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