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The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance. Well-paced and informative, this introduction will enlighten not only those who study Buddhism and comparative religion but anyone intrigued by the remarkable philosophy of one of the greatest religious thinkers.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 101-102) and index.

About the Author

Michael Carrithers is a Professor of Anthropology at University of Durham.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Early life and renunciation

3. To the awakening

4. The awakening

5. The mission and the death

Further reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192854537
Author:
Carrithers, Michael
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Gautama buddha
Subject:
Buddhism -- History.
Subject:
Theology | Buddhism
Subject:
Religion and Theology - Buddhism
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
hardcover indexed 4400
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
41
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 pt. type
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
7.00x4.44x.35 in. .24 lbs.

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