Beliefs and Practices
By (author) Merv Fowler
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Zen Buddhism by Merv Fowler
Book DescriptionInformed by almost two decades of dialogue, research and teaching, this book refutes the mistaken premise that Zen Buddhism is more suited to people who lived all those years ago, or at least live all those miles away. Pivotal to this work is recognition that Buddhism is a mind culture. To appreciate that one is not in control of ones own mind is alarming indeed, but it is our perceptions of real and imagined threats that generate our anxieties, not an objective appraisal of the situation. Beginning with the annotated 'ox path' pictures, the gradual development of the wayward mind away from aimless wandering and towards Buddhahood is depicted and examined. Ever mindful of the legacy of India, the life and teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha are revisited as are the scriptures themselves. At every point, this book presents Zen Buddhism, not as some esoteric mystery cult, accessible only to the eastern mind, but in an animated, meaningful manner that demonstrates its purpose and function in todays world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781902210421
(140mm x 215mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Merv Fowler
Bhagavad Gita, Paperback (November 2011)
Provides a text and detailed commentary on the "Bhagavad Gita", an important Hindu scripture, which is a dialogue between Arjuna the man and Krishna the God. This book examines major Hindu concepts, and presents the background to the Gita. It also contains detailed notes to the Gita chapters.
Chanting in the Hillsides, Paperback (September 2008)
In 1983, a tiny group of people in Cardiff and a married couple in Aberporth West Wales were the only Welsh members of Soka Gakkai International, a Japanese movement based on the beliefs and teachings of the 13th century Buddhist, Nichiren Daishonin. This book examines the history of the movement in these two areas.
Chinese Religions, Paperback (August 2007)
Presents an introduction to the religions of China, and places it in the wider context of Chinese history and philosophy. This book brings together the studies of Jeaneane Fowler in Taoism, Chinese popular religion and the broader canvas of Chinese cosmogony, and those of Merv Fowler in Confucianism, Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism.
Buddhism, Paperback (January 1999)» View all books by Merv Fowler
There is an immense diversity and richness in the matrix of belief systems commonly known as "Buddhism". This text discusses issues such as the legacy of India and the life of the Buddha. Information is included on the beliefs and practices of the Mahayana and Theraveda schools.
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Author Biography - Merv Fowler
Merv Fowler recently retired as the Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Newport. He has studied in the Middle East and published in the US, Canada, Germany, India and UK. An accomplished writer and storyteller, the author has written for the media and had his works broadcast by the BBC.
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