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Author Name    Steven Collins

Title   Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities

Binding   Cloth

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Edition

Size   14 Cms x 22 Cms

Publisher   Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press 1998

ISBN    0521570549 / 9780521570541

Seller ID   001715

This book presents a new answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part I distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, arguing that nirvana produces closure in both, and setting nirvana in the wider category of Buddhist Felicities. Part II explores other Buddhist utopias (both eu-topias, ‘good places’, and ou-topias, ‘no-places’), and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. The book ends with a close reading of the Vessantara Jataka, which highlights the conflict between the ascetic quest for closure and ultimate felicity, and the ongoing demands of ordinary life and society. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history, and ideology in premodern civilisations, aiming to contribute to a new vision of Buddhist history, which can hold both the inside and the outside of texts together. Printed Pages: 708 with 8 tables.

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