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Guru: The Spiritual Master in Eastern and Western Traditions

Authority and Charisma

The book, containing papers presented at a conference held in Venice, Italy, examines the relevance attached to the institution of the guru with special reference to the religions and philosophies of India. It explores the natu....read below

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The book, containing papers presented at a conference held in Venice, Italy, examines the relevance attached to the institution of the guru with special reference to the religions and philosophies of India. It explores the nature and function of the guru figure and the master-disciple interaction in religious traditions of the world including those of Hinduism, Buddhism, ancient Greek, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Confucianism and native American traditions. It delves into the dynamics of the guru's influence and guru-disciple interaction that involves two aspects of power -- spiritual power and the very worldly socio-political and economic interests. It deals with characteristics and charisma associated with the figure of the spiritual master, his authority, pupils' devotion for him, trials for a pupil, motivations of a guru, pandita as guru and recognition of the true master. It scrutinizes the difference in the Eastern and Western traditions vis-a-vis the guru-disciple relationship referring to a variety of sects, thinkers and works: the Mahabharata, Sufism, tantric traditions, Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism, and the guruvada among Bauls of Bengal.

The study meticulously unravels certain fundamental questions like sources of legitimation of religious authority within a religious-spiritual tradition. It throws light on the link between overcoming fear, ritual death and immortality, and the guru figure in Indian traditions.

The book will interest scholars of religion and philosophy particularly those studying Hindu and Buddhist religious-spiritual traditions.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124603901
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124603901
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : iv, 564 p.
  • Bibliographic Details :
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 950 gm

Preface
Acknowledgements

Michele Botta
Socrates and Maieutic Enterprise

Chiara Cremonesi
Apollonius of Tyana or the Spectacle of Wisdom

Piero Capelli
Kinds of Doctrinal Transmission in Late Ancient Judaism

Franco Macchi
The Master-Disciple Relationship in Christianity: Some Introductory Observations

Pier Cesare Bori
The Interior Master in the Understanding of the First Friends

Angelo Scarabel
Master and Disciple in the Islamic Sufi Tradition in the Writings of 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani

Thomas Dahnhardt
Encounters with Khidr: Saint-Immortal, Protector from the Waters, and Guide of the Elected Ones Beyond the Confluence of the Two Oceans

Gian Giuseppe Filippi
The Guru and Death

Giovanni Torcinovich
The Custodians of Truth

Cinzia Pieruccini
Authority, Devotion, and Trials: Teachers and Pupils in the Mahabharata

Antonio Rigopoulos
The Guru-Gita or "Song of the Master" as Incorporated in the Guru-caritra of Sarasvati Gangadhar: Obsevations on its Teaching and the Guru Institute

Monia Marchetto
The Function of teh Guru in Tantric Traditions

Corrado Puchetti
The Twenty-four guru-s of Dattatreya Avadhuta

Fabrizio Ferrari
The Jewel of the Secret Path or the Neglected Guru? Some Remarks on the Guruvada among the Bauls of Bengal

Claudia Ramasso
The Master Architect in the Corporations of India

Gianni Pellegrini
The Figure of the Pandita as Guru

Stefano Beggiora
The Subtle Teacher, Typologies of Shamanic Initiation: Trance and Dream among the Lanjia Saoras of Orissa

Francesco Sferra
Teaching and Spiritual Counselling in Indian Buddhist Tradition. Some Considerations on the Role of the Kalyanmitra

Claudio Cicuzza
The Spiritual Teacher in Theravada Buddhism: Inner Motivations and Foundations of Mindfulness

Fabian Sanders
Tulku, the Guru by Birth

Aldo Tollini
Dozen zenji, a Buddhist Master in 13th Century Japan

Maurizio Scarpari
Zi yue, "The Master Said ...", or Didn't He?

Attilio Andreini
The Paradoxical Virtue (de) of the Sage in the Laozi

Massimo Makarovic
The Master in Dan Taoism

Francesco Spagna
A Wordless Teaching: Native American Spiritual Masters

Luca Caldironi
The Guru as Mediator of Healing

Giangiogio Pasqualotto
Figure and Role of the Master Between East and West

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