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Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism
Format: Book
Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited
Place of Publication: Delhi, India
Pages: 127
Sources ID: 21189
Visibility: Private
Zotero Collections: Theravada Buddhism
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'Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism' discusses the context and contents of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the collective meditative set of four sublime attitudes (brahmavihara) - universal love, compassion, sypathetic joy, and equanimity. The presentation is based upon the first four of the five collections of Buddha's discourses, a stylistically homogenous compilation of the earliest strata of Theravada scripture complied before 350 B.C. After discussing the Pali material relavant to these topics in the first five chapters of this work, the author includes a detailed examination and critiques of their position in Chapter Six. His concern is with the motives to social action as well as the psychological and soteriological import of the Theravada teachings on love, sypathy, and the sblime attitudes. Only through seeing these facets can the unique vision of Theravada Buddhism be appreciated.

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