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Buddhist Cosmology: Science and Theology in the Images of Motion and Light

Price : $10.75
ISBN # : 9788120804630
Author : W. Randolph Kloetzli
pages: 195
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2007

Disagreements concerning the nature and extent of the universe constitute a focus of theological debate which permeates Buddhism at every level. While there have been numerous attempts to catalogue the details of the Buddhist cosmologies, none has attempted a general interpretation of their underlying intention. This work attempts to begin the process of interpreting the major phases of Buddhist Cosmological speculation by seeing in them various dramas of salvation tailored to the philosophical and theological predilections of their respective traditions. To a large extent, this interpretation relies on an examination of continuities between the Buddhist cosmologies and those of the Hellenistic world as a whole. In the course of this study, two major cosmological traditions emerge; those which rely on metaphors of time and those which rely on metaphors of space. The former are associated with the Hinayana and the latter with the Mahayana forms of Buddhism. Each draws on images of motion and light to articulate its vision of the drama of salvation.

Review 1:
''This study of Buddhist cosmology is valuable for the Buddhist students´┐Żit is one of the easiest sources to use as a reference book; a kind of summary of what is found in western literature on the subject of cosmology, particularly its definition as a prescientific speculation on the mysteries of time, space and the world totality as it influences man's spiritual behavior should he decide to embark on the universal spiritual trek of ultimate freedom''
Source: - Elson Snow, The Pacific World. Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 1984.

Review 2:
''...an interesting book, presenting a number of references on the topic from a vast area of literature and traditions beginning from the early Theravada to the Mahayana, both Sanskrit and other sources, including the brief account from the Vedas, Mahabharata, Puranas, Siddhanta Literature, Jainism, Al Biruni and extra Indian sources.''
Source: - Mahesh Tiwary, Haryana Sahitya Academy, Journal of Indological Studies, Spring 86, Vol. I, No. 1

Review 3:
''Randy Kloetzli has provided a considerable service for students of Buddhism recalling attention to the importance of cosmology in the teaching of the path toward enlightenment and by nothing three kinds of cosmologies representing two alternate traditions in the development of Buddhist thought.''
Source: - Frederick J. Streng, The Journal of Religion, Vol. 64, No. 1, Jan' 86

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