New Book: Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S.Cousins

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New Book: Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S.Cousins

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Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins
Edited by Naomi Appleton and Peter Harvey

Equinox Publishing

Hardback: £90.00 / $112.00
Paperback: £39.95 / $49.95
E-book: Individual £39.95 / $49.95, Institution £90.00 / $112.00

This collection brings together scholarly contributions relating to the research of Lance Cousins (1942-2015), an influential and prolific scholar of early Buddhism. Cousins’ interests spanned several related fields from the study of Abhidhamma and early Buddhist schools to Pāli literature and meditation traditions. As well as being a scholar, Cousins was a noted meditation teacher and founder of the Samatha Trust. The influence of Cousin’s scholarship and teaching is felt strongly not only in the UK but in the worldwide Buddhist Studies community.

The volume is introduced by Peter Harvey and the following chapters all speak to the core questions in the field such as the nature of the path, the role of meditation, the formation of early Buddhist schools, scriptures and teachings and the characteristics and contributions of Pāli texts. The volume is of interest to students and scholars in Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies and Asian Studies as well as Buddhist practitioners.

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1. Lance Cousins: An Obituary, Appreciation and Bibliography [+]3-16
Peter Harvey

Meditation and the Buddhist Path

2. The Four Jhānas and their Qualities in the Pali Tradition [+]19-43
Peter Harvey
3. Paths of Monastic Practice from India to Sri Lanka: Responses to L.S. Cousins’ Work on Scholars and Meditators [+]45-62
Bradley Clough
4. ‘I’m Not Getting Anywhere with my Meditation…’: Effort, Contentment and Goal-Directedness in the Process of Mind-Training [+]63-80
Amaro Bhikkhu

Comparative Mysticism

5. John of the Cross, the Dark Night of the Soul and the Jhānas and the Arūpa States: A Critical Comparative Study [+]83-98
Elizabeth J. Harris
6. Emptiness and Unknowing: An Essay in Comparative Mysticism [+]99-114
Rupert Gethin

Interpreting Buddhist Teachings

7. Ambiguity and Ambivalence in Buddhist Treatment of the Dead [+]117-130
Richard Gombrich
8. The Alagaddūpama Sutta as a Scriptural Source for Understanding the Distinctive Philosophical Standpoint of Early Buddhism [+]131-143
P.D. Premasiri
9. An Ekottarika-āgama Discourse Without Parallels: From Perception of Impermanence to the Pure Land [+]145-154
Bhikkhu Analayo


10. Equal-headed (samasīsin): An Abhidharma Innovation and Commentarial Developments [+]157-182
Tse-Fu Kuan
11. Calligraphic Magic: Abhidhamma Inscriptions from Sukhodaya [+]183-209
Peter Skilling
12. The Relation of the Saccasaṅkhepaṭīkā Called Sāratthasālinī to the Vinayavinicchayaṭīkā Called Vinayasāratthasandīpanī [+]211-245
Petra Kieffer-Pulz

Schools and Scriptures

13. The Formation of Canons in the Early Indian nikāyas or Schools in the Light of the New Gāndhārī Manuscript Finds [+]249-268
Mark Allon
14. Theriya Networks and the Circulation of the Pali Canon in South Asia: The Vibhajjavādins Reconsidered [+]269-283
Alex Wynne


15. Yaśodharā in Jātakas [+]287-304
Sarah Shaw
16. Jātaka Stories and Paccekabuddhas in Early Buddhism [+]305-318
Naomi Appleton

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Re: New Book: Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S.Cousins

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I remember L.S. Cousins' posts at the old Buddha-l scholarly forum. I didn't know he passed away, but see it was 4 years ago.


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Many thanks for this. I'm sorry to say that I never met Lance Cousins, but overall he has had a big impact on my practice because he was my teacher's teacher and is remembered very fondly by lots of people I practice with.

It looks great - very wide-ranging. As with all but the most popular books, it's very expensive so I will have to save up! Anything with a new essay by Richard Gombrich is probably worth it, in my view.

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