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Abhijñā/Ṛddhi (Extraordinary Knowledge and Powers)

David Fiordalis.

in Buddhism

P ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 8540 words.

Abhijñā (Pali: abhiññā) is a Buddhist technical term that refers most specifically to a set of extraordinary powers and knowledge, including remembrance of past lives, telepathy,...

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Ajanta Caves

Akira Shimada.

in Buddhism

P ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 4639 words.

Ajaṇṭā is a Buddhist rock-cut cave site in Aurangabad District of Maharashtra State, western India. It was discovered in 1819 by British Army officers who were hunting tigers in the great...

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Alāyavijñāna

William S. Waldron.

in Buddhism

P ublished online September 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 4933 words.

Ālaya-vijñāna (storehouse consciousness) refers to a level of subliminal mental processes that occur uninterruptedly throughout one’s life and, in the Buddhist view, one’s multiple...

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Ambedkar Buddhism

Christopher S. Queen.

in Buddhism

P ublished online January 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 6569 words.

Ambedkar Buddhism, or Navayana (“new vehicle”) Buddhism, began on 14 October 1956 in Nagpur, India, when nearly 400,000 Dalits, formerly known as Untouchables, converted from Hinduism. Led...

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Amitābha

Galen Amstutz.

in Buddhism

P ublished online September 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 16305 words.

The three topics of Amitābha (in Japanese, Amida; in Chinese, Amituo), Pure Land Buddhism, and nembutsu are always linked together. The Buddha Amitābha was the Mahayana deity at the center...

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Amitābha

Galen Amstutz.

in Buddhism

P ublished online September 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 16305 words.

The three topics of Amitābha (in Japanese, Amida; in Chinese, Amituo), Pure Land Buddhism, and nembutsu are always linked together. The Buddha Amitābha was the Mahayana deity at the center...

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Anātman

K.T.S. Sarao.

in Buddhism

P ublished online February 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 7411 words.

The term ātman (Pāli. attā/atta) is often translated into English as “self, soul, or ego.” As compared to this, anātman (Pāli. anattā), which is the antonym of ātman, may be translated into...

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Ancient Indian Society

Greg Bailey.

in Buddhism

P ublished online September 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 7136 words.

This article provides bibliographic information on ancient Indian society from 2500 bce until 300 ce, with most of the relevant publications relating to the period 500 bce to 300 ce. For...

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Anthropology

Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan.

in Buddhism

P ublished online February 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 8003 words.

Although the study of the anthropology of Buddhism falls within the anthropology of religion, it has evolved into its own interdisciplinary area, almost an “applied anthropology” for those...

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Archaeology of Early Buddhism

Robin Coningham.

in Buddhism

P ublished online March 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 10553 words.

The archaeology of Buddhism has been portrayed as the excavation of individual monuments and the chronological review of regional style. Reports focus on isolated monuments, and...

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