Exploring the Life and Teachings of Mahayana Buddhists in Asia

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Ampere A. Tseng (Editor)
Director and Professor Emeritus
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, USA

Series: Religion and Spirituality
BISAC: REL007000

Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest and largest religions having about 490 million followers. Mahayana Buddhists represent approximately two-thirds of the total Buddhist population. A large portion of Mahayanists resides in East Asia. They cannot be said to follow an undivided doctrine and have a unified religious lifestyle. Mahayana Buddhism, rather, consists of a multitude of ideas and practices with its followers holding various behaviors and attitudes.
This book explores the lives and teachings of Mahayana Buddhists, who reside in Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Myanmar, as well as in the ancient Gandhara region (today’s north Pakistan and east Afghanistan). The time frame covered is from the beginning of the Mahayana movement in the Ancient Gandhara region in the first several centuries of the Common Era to the present-day lifestyle and practices of the Mahayanists as they respond to 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the historical and doctrinal views of Mahayana Buddhism, the book features thematic chapters on topics, such as pandemic responses, Mahayana scriptures and sculptures, modern Mahayana teachings, charity, suicide, and ethnicity. The book also considers such social constructs as family and community and modern Buddhist movements in reshaping the traditional structures and cosmological beliefs of Chinese Mahayanists. In sum, this book is a unique effort to define the nature of Mahayana Buddhist life in the past and in the present as well as its teaching in Asia. It does so from various multidisciplinary perspectives.

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Preface

Chapter 1. Mahayana Buddhists’ Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic
(Ampere A. Tseng, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, US)

Chapter 2. Archeological Evidences of Early Mahayana Movement in Gandhara
(Ampere A. Tseng, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, US)

Chapter 3. Profiles of Hidden Han Buddhists in Contemporary China: A Quantitative Assessment
(Ampere A. Tseng, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, US)

Chapter 4. Chinese Buddhist Philanthropy
(David C. Schak, PhD, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 5. Is Suicide a Sin for Japanese Buddhist Believers?
(Tatsushi Hirono, PhD, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, US)

Chapter 6. Chinese Mahāyāna Monastics in Contemporary Myanmar: Rejection, Accommodation, Assimilation
(Tzu-Lung Chiu, PhD, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany)

Chapter 7. Archeological Evidence of Mahayana Buddhists in Malaysia Before the Modern Era
(Ampere A. Tseng, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, US)

Chapter 8. Profiles and Populations of Mahayana Buddhists in Malaysia
(Ampere A. Tseng, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, US)

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