Overview1. The Life Story of the Buddha and Its Ramifications. The Eight Commemorative Shrines. A Royal Pilgrim Retraces the Life of the Buddha. Ānanda Recounts the Birth of The Buddha. Signs of Suffering. The Great Departure: Two Versions. Awakening Achieved. Remembering Past Lives. Viewing the Cosmos. Realizing the Four Noble Truths. The Death and Parinirvāna of The Buddha. The Distribution of the Relics. A Story of a Buddha Image. The Future Buddha Maitreya. 2. The Experience of the Sangha. Tales of Conversion. Rites of Passage. The Regulation of the Sangha. Sangha Situations. Buddhism and the State: The King and the Community. 3. The Dharma: Some Perspectives of Mainstream Buddhism. Preliminaries: The Loss and Preservation of the Dharma. Suffering, Impermanence, and No-Self. The Arising of Suffering. The Cessation of Suffering. The Path. Doctrinal Issues. 4. The Dharma: Some Mah�y�na Perspectives. Preliminary: The Parable of the Burning House. Basic Perspectives: The Perfection of Wisdom. Philosophical Formulations. The Bodhisattva Path. 5. Saviors and Siddhas: The Mah�y�na Pantheon and Tantric Buddhism. The Life Span of the Tath�gata. Savior Bodhisattvas. Savior Texts. Savior Buddhas and Pure Lands. Tantric Buddhism or the Vajray�na. Part Two: The Development of Buddhism Outside India. 6. Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Mythic Histories. Divisional Issues. Regulation and Reform: The Efforts of King Par�kramab�hu. Rituals and Festivals. Meditational Endeavors: Visualizing the Victor''s Cage. Women and the Sangha: A Twentieth-Century Case. Sangha and Society. 7. Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: The Tibetan Cultural Area. Mythic History: Subduing the Demons of Tibet. Divisional Issues: Sudden versus Gradual Enlightenment. Regulation and Reform: The Efforts of At �a. Rituals and Festivals. Meditational Endeavors: Milarepa''s Quest. Women and the Sangha: The Abbess of Samding and Ani Lochen. Sangha and Society. 8. Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: China. Mythic History: Chinese and Japanese Legends. Divisional Issues: Do All Being Have the Buddha-Nature? Regulation and Reform: An Apocryphal Monastic Code. Rituals and Festivals: Ordination at Pao-hua Shan. Meditational Endeavors. Women and the Sangha. Sangha and Society: The Commercialization of Services. 9. Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: Japan. Mythic History: The Legend of Prince Sh�toku. Divisional Issues: The Recitation of Amida''s Name'Once or Many Times? Regulation and Reform: Saich�''s Deathbed Admonitions. Rituals and Festivals: Rites in Tenth-Century Japan. Meditational Endeavors. Women and the Sangha: Nichiren on Chanting and Menstruation. Sangha and Society. 10. Buddhists and the Practice of Buddhism: The West. Mythic Histories: Smokey the Bear Sūtra. Divisional Issues: The Veneration of Relics. Regulation and Reform: Toward an Androgynous Reconstruction of Buddhism. Rituals and Festivals: The Buddha''s Birthday in Los Angeles. Meditational Endeavors. Women and the Sangha: Living as a Nun in the West. Sangha and Society: Engaged Buddhists in California. A Guide to the Transliteration and Pronunciation of Buddhist Terms. Glossary. Bibliography of Works Cited. Subject Index. Text and Author Index.