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Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia

Post by Queequeg » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:51 am

Anyone have experience with this? Is it worth the steep price?
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Re: Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia

Post by anjali » Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:04 am

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:51 am
Anyone have experience with this? Is it worth the steep price?
No experience with it, but you can access the online version for a fee to see if you would like it invest in a hardcopy.

https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/ ... f-buddhism

There is a fee scale:

Full access to Brill Online Reference Works for 1 day $13.95
Full access to Brill Online Reference Works for 7 days $24.95
Full access to Brill Online Reference Works for 30 days $69.95

I see that only Vol 1 is currently online. Vol 2 to be added next year.
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Re: Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia

Post by Bristollad » Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:19 am

If you have a subscription to Academia.edu, do a search. There's about a 100 papers related to Brill's. For example,

"Tathāgatagarbha Scriptures." In Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Volume One: Literature and Languages, edited by Jonathan Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, and Vincent Eltschinger, 261-273. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
Michael Radich

“Vinayas,” in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism.
Shayne Clarke

Monastic Organizational Guidelines
2014, Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism, volume 1: Literature and Language, Preview
Berthe Jansen

Take a look at those perhaps to assess whether it is something you need.

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Re: Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:51 pm

Depends on how much value you put on the academic approach. Only two thematic volumes of the six are out now.
Not an "essential tool for anyone" to my mind.
Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism is the first comprehensive academic reference work devoted to the plurality of Buddhist traditions across Asia, offering readers a balanced and detailed treatment of this complex phenomenon in six thematically arranged volumes: literature and languages (I, publ. 2015), lives (II, publ. 2019), thought (III), history (IV), life and practice (V), index and remaining issues (VI).
Each volume contains substantial original essays by many of the world’s foremost scholars, essays which not only cover basic information and well-known issues but which also venture into areas as yet untouched by modern scholarship. An essential tool for anyone interested in Buddhism.
An online resource will provide easy access to the encyclopedia’s ever-growing corpus of information.
Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism is under the general editorial control of Jonathan Silk (Leiden University, editor-in-chief), Richard Bowring (University of Cambridge) and Vincent Eltschinger (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris). In addition, each volume has a dedicated board of specialist editors.
May all seek, find or follow the Path of Buddhas.

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Re: Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia

Post by humble.student » Fri May 01, 2020 11:42 am

Queequeg wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:51 am
Anyone have experience with this? Is it worth the steep price?
I have used this occasionally but I don't know about buying it for personal use, it is quite expensive. If you want me to scan an entry for reference purposes, send me a PM. Probably the best way to see if it is as comprehensive as you might want.

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Re: Brill's Buddhism Encyclopedia

Post by Queequeg » Fri May 01, 2020 1:35 pm

Thanks folks.

I'll check out those entries on Academia.

It is expensive, which is what sparked my curiosity about it. Trying to understand what function this set of volumes play/will play as a source of information going forward. I suspect it will exert influence in the English speaking Buddhist community. I suppose we can't know that for at least a few years.

Anyway, cost is prohibitive for now. I imagine only university libraries will have it.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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