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Author Wright, Dale Stuart, author.

Title Living skillfully : Buddhist philosophy of life from the Vimalakīrti Sūtra / Dale S. Wright
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction -- 1. The Path and the Buddha -- 2. The Bodhisattva Ideal -- 3. Self-overcoming -- 4. Practicing Meditation -- 5. Embodied Wisdom -- 6. Skill-in-Means -- 7. The Goddess of Freedom -- 8. The Dharma of Nonduality -- Conclusion
Summary "This book attempts to articulate a contemporary philosophy of life drawing upon Buddhist resources from the Vimalakīrti Sūtra. Among the major themes in this Mahayana Buddhist scripture is the "skillful means" required to live a healthy and undeluded life. The book adopts that theme as a means of developing a practical approach to contemporary Buddhist life. Following many of the brilliant stories in the sutra, this book attempts to provide clear explanations for the primary Buddhist teachings and the relationships that bind them all together into an inspiring way of living. Among the questions addressed are: who is the Buddha, how is a worldview of change and contingency applicable to current life, what does it mean to claim that there is no permanent self, what are the primary characteristics of an admirable Buddhist life, how is freedom conceived in Buddhism, and how do all of these themes help us address contemporary issues such as global warming, gender identities, political dichotomies, the global economy, and more. Although historical questions do arise in the book, its primary purpose if contemporary and practical, an effort to say clearly how this text helps us stake out a way of living for contemporary, global citizens"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed on June 10, 2022)
SUBJECT Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Vimalakīrtinirdeśa -- Commentaries
Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Vimalakīrtinirdeśa fast
Subject Religious life -- Buddhism.
Buddhists -- Conduct of life
Spiritual life -- Buddhism.
Religious life -- Buddhism
Spiritual life -- Buddhism
Genre/Form Commentaries
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021034554
ISBN 0197587364