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Craving and Salvation

A Study in Buddhist Soteriology

by Bruce Matthews

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Is there any escape form the awareness of pain and the bonds of an unending cycle of life? Why are human subject to craving" What is the nature human beings? The Buddhist understanding of salvation is based upon such queries.
A thorough grasp of the function of craving in religious life is strategic to an understanding of Buddhism, yet its role in the Buddhist plan of salvation is easy to oversimplify and misinterpret. Matthews examines the concept of craving in Buddhism from both a phenomenological and religious perspective. He btings to the task a critical examination of key canonical texts of the Sutta Pitaka (Nikayas) as well as extensive travel in research of the meaning of craving for contemporary Buddhists, from learned monks to lay villagers. Having established the Buddhist perspective on how craving arises, how it affects the mind, and how it can be redirected, the volume concludes with spiritual implications of craving: crucial to awareness and freedom—emancipation—is the engagement and harnessing rather than suppression of craving.
The volume will be of interest to students of Buddhism, historians of religion, and persons interested in basic human questions.

About the Author

Bruce Matthews

Bruce Matthews teaches comparative religion at Acadia University. Sometime Commonwealth Fellow in Buddhist Civilization and Philosophy at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, his central interest concerns contemporary religious and social developments in the traditional Theravada Buddhist nations of south and southeast Asia. He has written on these issues in both Eastern and Western journals.

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