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Lay Buddhism and Spirituality: From Vimalakirti to the Nenbutsu Masters Paperback – Sep 30 2014

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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Equinox (July 31 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908049154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908049155
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,287,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The most important contribution in this volume is probably an English translation (from the Chinese version) of the Vimalakirti-nirdesa by Izumi Hokei (1884-1947) which is assembled from different issues of The Eastern Buddhist. It supplements various other translations of this important text which exist already. [...] In addition to these valuable translations there are a couple of interesting contributions by various authors focusing on diverse aspects of 'lay spirituality' and sometimes giving insight into the diversified interest of Japanese Zen or Shin Buddhists. The volume includes a valuable synoptic list of texts which are directly referred to in the volume and an excellent index which helps to explore its rich content." --Franz Winter, University of Graz, Religious Studies Review 44.1 (March 2018)

About the Author

Michael Pye is Professor (emeritus) at Marburg University and a visiting Research Associate of Otani University in Kyoto. His writings have ranged widely over problems in the study of religions, studies in Buddhist thought and many aspects of contemporary Japanese religion. His major publications include Skilful Means and Emerging from Meditation.

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