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Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland
Alice Collett, Nalanda University

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Vol 35, No 1-2 (2018): Special Issue: Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins

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Table of Contents

Editorial

Editorial PDF
Naomi Appleton , Peter Harvey 1-2

Articles

The Four Jhānas and their Qualities in the Pali Tradition PDF
Peter Harvey 3-27
Paths of Monastic Practice from India to Sri Lanka: Responses to L.S. Cousins’ Work on Scholars and Meditators PDF
Bradley S. Clough 29-45
‘I’m Not Getting Anywhere with my Meditation …’: Effort, Contentment and Goal-Directedness in the Process of Mind-Training PDF
Ajahn Amaro 47-64
John of the Cross, the Dark Night of the Soul, and the Jhānas and the Arūpa States: A Critical Comparative Study PDF
Elizabeth J. Harris 65-80
Emptiness and Unknowing: An Essay in Comparative Mysticism PDF
Rupert Gethin 81-96
Ambiguity and Ambivalence in Buddhist Treatment of the Dead PDF
Richard Gombrich 97-110
The Alagaddūpama Sutta as a Scriptural Source for Understanding the Distinctive Philosophical Standpoint of Early Buddhism PDF
P. D. Premasiri 111-123
An Ekottarika-āgama Discourse Without Parallels: From Perception of Impermanence to the Pure Land PDF
Anālayo Bhikkhu 125-134
Equal-headed (samasīsin): An Abhidharma Innovation and Commentarial Developments PDF
Tse-fu Kuan 135-160
Calligraphic Magic: Abhidhamma Inscriptions from Sukhodaya PDF
Peter Skilling 161-187
The Relation of the Saccasaṅkhepaṭīkā Called Sāratthasālinī to the Vinayavinicchayaṭīkā Called Vinayasāratthasandīpanī PDF
Petra Kieffer-Pülz 189-223
The Formation of Canons in the Early Indian Nikāyas or Schools in the Light of the New Gāndhārī Manuscript Finds PDF
Mark Allon 225-244
Theriya Networks and the Circulation of the Pali Canon in South Asia: The Vibhajjavādins Reconsidered PDF
Alexander Wynne 245-259
Yaśodharā in Jātakas PDF
Sarah Shaw 261-278
Jātaka Stories and Paccekabuddhas in Early Buddhism PDF
Naomi Appleton 279-292

Review Essays

Reflections on Eviatar Shulman’s Rethinking the Buddha: Early Buddhist Philosophy as Meditative Perception PDF
Peter Harvey 293-300

Reviews

Brides of the Buddha: Nuns’ Stories from the Avadānaśataka, by Karen Muldoon-Hules PDF
Reiko Ohnuma 301-304
The Lotus Sutra: A Biography, by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. PDF
Christopher V. Jones 305-307
The Gathering of Intentions: A History of Tibetan Buddhist Tantra, by Jacob P. Dalton PDF
Sam van Schaik 308-309
Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet, by Holly Gayley PDF
Lucia Galli 310-312
Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan, by Jacqueline Stone PDF
Ian Astley 313-315



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