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Introducing Buddhism
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INTRODUCING BUDDHISM

PAPERBACK BY PREBISH, CHARLES S.; KEOWN, DAMIEN

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ISBN
9780415550017
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EDITION
2ND REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
344 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
01 DEC 2009

DESCRIPTION

Introducing Buddhism is the ideal resource for all students beginning the study of this fascinating religious tradition. It explains the religion's key teachings and traces its historical development and geographical spread of from its foundations up to present day. Charles S. Prebish and Damien Keown, two of today's leading Buddhist scholars, devote a chapter each to the major regions where Buddhism has flourished - India, South-east Asia, East Asia and Tibet. In addition, contemporary concerns are discussed, including important and relevant topics such as Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics, Buddhism and the Western World and Meditation. This new edition includes more material on the different schools of Buddhism including explanations in graphic form, monastic life, popular religion, Buddhist ethics, ritual, the Bodhisattva Path, the Jatakas, the transmission of Buddhism, and class, gender and race. Introducing Buddhism includes illustrations, extracts from original sources, summary boxes, questions for discussion, suggestions for further reading and a companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415550017 Charles S. Prebish is Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies at Utah State University. Damien Keown is Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmith's College, University of London. They are the editors of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Routledge, 2007).

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements. Chronology of Buddhist History. The Buddhist Scriptures. Pronunciation Guide. Introduction: The Background to Buddhism Part 1: Foundations Karma and Cosmology. The Buddha. The Dharma. The Sangha. Meditation Part 2: Development Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhism in India. Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Buddhism in East Asia. Buddhism in Tibet Part 3: Modernity Buddhism in the Western World. Engaged Buddhism. Buddhist Ethics. Reflections on the Nature and Study of Buddhism