By Tse-fu Kuan
This booklet identifies what's intended via sati (smrti), often translated as ‘mindfulness’, in early Buddhism, and examines its soteriological capabilities and its valuable function within the early Buddhist perform and philosophy. Using textual research and feedback, it takes new ways to the topic via a comparative research of Buddhist texts in Pali, chinese language and Sanskrit. It additionally furnishes new views at the historic educating through utilising the findings in glossy psychology. In modern Buddhism, the perform of mindfulness is zealously encouraged via the Theravada culture, that is the one early Buddhist institution that also exists this present day. via particular research of Theravada's Pali Canon and the 4 chinese language Agamas - which correspond to the 4 major Nikayas in Pali and belong to a few early faculties that now not exist - this ebook exhibits that mindfulness is not just constrained to the position as a style of perception (vipassana) meditation, as provided by way of many Theravada advocates, however it additionally has a key function in serenity (samatha) meditation. It elucidates how mindfulness features within the route to liberation from a mental point of view, that's, the way it is helping to accomplish an optimum cognitive strength and emotional nation, and thereby allows one to realize the last word spiritual aim. additionally, the writer argues that the well known formulation of ekaayano maggo, that's usually interpreted as ‘the basically way’, means that the 4 satipa.t.thaanas (establishments of mindfulness) represent a complete route to liberation, and seek advice from almost like kaayagataa sati, which has lengthy been understood as ‘mindfulness of the physique’ via the culture. The research indicates that kaayagataa sati and the 4 satipa.t.thaanas are alternative ways of formulating the instructing on mindfulness in line with diversified schemes of category of phenomena.
By Jonathan Morris Augustine
By Venkatachalam Anbumozhi,Meinhard Breiling,Selvarajah Pathmarajah,Vangimalla R Reddy
Densely populated coastal components, vulnerable associations, and the poverty of a substantial percentage of its inhabitants upload to the susceptibility of this sector. Adaptation—making changes in typical or human platforms according to real or anticipated weather stimuli— turns into a key approach for maintaining fiscal growth.
This quantity examines the framework stipulations for integrating weather swap model measures into agriculture, water, and normal assets administration actions for the Asia and Pacific sector. in line with the assessment of kingdom reviews, the booklet describes key dimensions, indicates interventions for extra exploration, and serves as a foundation for making plans and mainstreaming weather switch edition into sectoral planning
By Adam Cathcart,Robert Winstanley-Chesters,Christopher K. Green
In the years because the demise of Kim Jong-il and the formal acknowledgement of Kim Jong-un as head of kingdom, the North Korean regime has made a chain of strikes to extra increase and consolidate the ideological foundations of Kimism and cement the younger leader’s legitimacy. old narratives have performed a severe, if frequently ignored, function during this approach. This ebook seeks to chronicle those ancient adjustments and continuities.
Continuity and alter in North Korean Politics explores the reliable and moving political, cultural and fiscal landscapes of North Korea within the period of Kim Jong-un. The individuals install quite a few methodologies of research all in favour of the content material, narratives and discourses of politics below Kim Jong-un, tracing its historic roots and modern useful and conceptual manifestations. relocating past so much analyses of North Korea’s political and institutional ideologies, the ebook explores uncharted areas of social and cultural kinfolk, together with children’s literature, fisheries, grassland reclamation, commemorative tradition, and gender. via interpreting serious moments of switch and continuity within the country’s earlier, it builds a holistic research of nationwide politics because it is at the moment deployed and skilled.
Demonstrating how historic, political and cultural narratives remain tailored to fit new and not easy conditions, this e-book may be of curiosity to scholars and students of Korean experiences, Korean Politics and Asian Studies.
By Peter C. Chow
A function version for past due industrializing international locations, Taiwan presents specific and fascinating improvement classes for 3rd global international locations. as soon as a poverty-stricken, resource-poor, technologically backward kingdom, Taiwan has develop into the hub of a world construction community in lots of excessive tech industries with expanding value on this planet financial system. In ten striking essays, written by way of hugely revered economists, this e-book analyzes Taiwan's postwar financial improvement course, delivering a invaluable case examine of its structural transformation from a labor-intensive to a technology-intensive economy.
The e-book addresses 3 significant themes. First it recaptures the teachings of Taiwan's adventure. Then it considers the position of overseas funding on structural transformation and globalization. ultimately, it examines Taiwan's economic climate in an international standpoint, comparing its position on this planet marketplace from the prior to the longer term and its evolution from a colony to a newly industrialized country.
By Rhonda Chang
in addition to outlining the historic substitution of Yi by way of modern chinese language drugs, Chang argues that this scientific substitution was once essentially a technique of self-colonisation, the outcome itself as a result of western imperialism and colonialism, and in addition in accordance with a protracted record of practices and ideas that 20th century intellectuals in China rejected for being backward, feudal and unscientific.
By Rongguang Zhao,Aimee Yiran Wang
Since the Nineteen Eighties, China has constructed a broader and deeper reference to the area. some of the most fascinating facets of chinese language tradition is its wealthy delicacies and interesting cooking.
China is a country with a protracted historical past of nutrition tradition, and foodstuff has develop into a vital a part of chinese language culture.
This e-book tells in sprightly and easy language concerning the constitution of conventional chinese language meals, nutrition customs for gala's and celebrations in China, chinese language eating etiquette, conventional nutrients and cooking equipment, fit and medicinal diets, in addition to old exchanges of meals among China and different international locations. it could possibly current to the readers a whole and honest photograph of the summarized historical past and tradition of chinese language food.
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By Victor Cunrui Xiong
This moment version of Historical Dictionary of Medieval China features a chronology, an advent, and an intensive bibliography. The dictionary part has over a thousand cross-referenced entries on historic determine. It expands on latest thematic entries, and provides a couple of new ones with large content material, together with these on the Aristocracy, paintings, structure, archaeology, economic climate, agriculture, funds, inhabitants, towns, literature, historiography, army, faith, Persia, India, Japan, Korea, Arabs, and Byzantium, between others. This publication is a wonderful entry aspect for college kids, researchers, and a person desirous to comprehend extra approximately medieval China.
By Jacqueline I. Stone
Buddhists throughout Asia have usually aspired to die with a transparent and targeted brain, because the historic Buddha himself is expounded to have performed. This publication explores how the precise of demise with correct mindfulness was once appropriated, disseminated, and reworked in premodern Japan, targeting the past due 10th via early fourteenth centuries. through concentrating one’s options at the Buddha in one’s final moments, it was once stated even an ignorant and sinful individual might break out the cycle of deluded rebirth and attain delivery in a buddha’s natural land, the place liberation will be guaranteed. Conversely, the slightest psychological distraction at that ultimate juncture may possibly ship even a religious practitioner tumbling down into the hells or different depressing rebirth geographical regions. the proper of conscious demise therefore generated either desire and nervousness and created a requirement for ritual experts who may well act as non secular courses on the deathbed. Buddhist loss of life administration in Japan has been studied mainly from the viewpoint of funerals and mortuary rites. Right ideas on the final Moment investigates a principally untold facet of that tale: how early medieval eastern ready for loss of life, and the way hope for ritual tips in one’s final hours contributed to Buddhist preeminence in death-related concerns. It represents the 1st book-length examine in a Western language to envision how the Buddhist perfect of aware dying was once appropriated in a particular old context.
Practice for one’s final hours occupied the intersections of a number of, frequently disparate techniques that Buddhism provided for dealing with loss of life. simply because they crossed sectarian traces and at last permeated all social degrees, deathbed practices have the funds for insights into broader matters in medieval jap faith, together with highbrow advancements, devotional practices, toxins matters, ritual functionality, and divisions of work between spiritual execs. additionally they let us see past the types of “old” as opposed to “new” Buddhism, or institution Buddhism as opposed to marginal heterodoxies, that have characterised a lot scholarship up to now. Enlivened via cogent examples, this research attracts on a wealth of assets together with ritual directions, hagiographies, doctrinal writings, didactic stories, courtier diaries, historic files, letters, and correct artwork old fabric to discover the interaction of doctrinal beliefs and on-the-ground practice.
By Kent G Deng
This booklet makes an enormous contribution to the learn of alterations in China’s associations and their influence at the nationwide economic climate in addition to usual people’s day-by-day fabric existence from 1800 to 2000. Kent Deng finds China’s mega-cycle of prosperity-poverty-prosperity with no the standard attribution to the 1840 Opium warfare, or the alleged inhabitants strain, classification fight and oriental despotism. The booklet demanding situations the traditional view on ‘rebellions’, ‘revolutions’ and their alleged motivations and results. Its findings separate more often than not circulated delusion with truth in keeping with sturdy facts and cautious assessment. The benchmark utilized by the writer is people’s entitlement and mundane day by day fabric health, rather than the stereotype of aggregates of business and nationwide GDP.
China’s Political economic climate in glossy Times proves that state-building used to be the top mover in China’s smooth background. opposite to the preferred trust in mass flow, Deng indicates convincingly that adjustments have been commonly imposed by means of a minority with exterior aid. for this reason, the standard of the nation used to be unpredictable, obvious from the anti-state that price lives and financial progress.
This booklet may be of curiosity to scholars and students of chinese language Politics, chinese language Economics, chinese language heritage, and Political Economy.
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