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Faith and Devotion in Theravada Buddhism

V.V.S. Saibaba (Author) Emerging Perceptions in Buddhist Studies
Synopsis This is an analytical study of faith (saddha), devotion (bhatti) and worship (puja) in the Theravada school fo Buddhism. It elucidates these concepts and deals with their objects, viz., gods in general, and Buddha in particular, as described in the Pali canonical, post-canonical and commentarial literature. The first chapter of this book examines the conception of the  Deities and “the supernatural; the attribution, knowledge, powers and functions of Buddhist deities; their role as objects of meditation; how Theravada Buddhism is non-theistic and how its basic concepts are incompatible to the conception of Creator God. The second chapter discusses the special attributes, knowledge, powers and functions of the Buddha in the Theravada functions of the Buddha in the Theravada literature which establishes His supra-mundane character and spiritual eminence over gods, arhants and pratyekabuddhas. It throws light on the origins of Buddha's deification, his docetic conception and other Buddhological speculations which led him to become an object of highest reverence, adoration and devotion for the Buddha in Theravada literature; how and why he has been regarded as the object of absolute confidence (saddha), recollection and contemplation (Buddha-nussati), devotion (bhatti) and worship (puja) and thereby viewed as Bhagavan and compassionate Saviour. The book provides an authentic and comprehensive account of faith (saddha) and devotion (bhatti) in Pali canonical and post-canonical literature of Theravada Buddhist School. This work is an invaluable aid to students, teachers and researchers of Pali literature and Buddhist philosophy.
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About the author

V.V.S. Saibaba

Dr. V.V.S. Saibaba, (b-1947) Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Andhra University took his Master’s Degree in Philosophy in 1973; Senior P.G. Diploma in Sanskrit in 1976 and Ph.D. Degree in 1985. During 19887 to 1989, he was Reader and Head of the Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies at Nagarjuna University, A.P. Dr. Saibaba has authored the book Facets of Buddhist Philosophy: Theravada and Mahayana, and about 40 research papers which have appeared in journals of national and international repute. He has participated in many international and national conferences, seminars.

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Title Faith and Devotion in Theravada Buddhism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603294, 9788124603291
length xxx+231p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm.