- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
This title in other editions
Other titles in the For Dummies series:
Buddhism for Dummies (For Dummies)by Jonathan Landaw
Synopses & Reviews
From the outside, Buddhism seems like a bundle of contradictions wrapped inside a paradox. It is a religion without a god, a belief system without rules, and a faith that encourages its adherents to question everything, including its own teachings. You could spend a lifetime studying Buddhist texts and following its observances and still feel like you’ve only just barely scratched the surface. Yet, over the past 2500 years, this lovely religion that preaches compassion, generosity, tolerance, selflessness and self-awareness has commanded the fervent devotion of hundreds of millions of people around the world who believe it to be the true path to enlightenment.
If you’re curious about Buddhism but feel intimidated by all the exotic jargon and strange trappings, this book is for you. Written by two leading American Buddhist teachers and scholars, it offers you a uniquely friendly way to explore the fascinating history of Buddhism and discover:
In plain English, experts Jonathan Landaw and Stephan Bodian define the important terms, explain the key concepts and explore, in-depth a wide range of topics, including:
Whether you’re a searcher of truth, a student of religions, or just curious about what’s got Richard Gere and all the rest of those celebrity Buddhists so excited, Buddhism For Dummies is your intro to Buddhism basics.
What's the significance of Buddha? How can the practice of Buddhism enrich our never-ending hectic lives? In this title, readers can discover what it means to be a Buddhist in everyday life and in everyday lands.
Covers daily observances, meditation practices, and making pilgrimages
Explore the fascinating history of Buddhism
Whats the significance of Buddha? How can the practice of Buddhism enrich your everyday life? This guide explains the important themes and traditions, revealing how Buddhas teachings combine to create a path to enlightenment and spiritual awakening. Find out more about karma and discover how to fulfill your highest potential through Buddhism.
The Dummies Way
Jonathan Landaw has been both an editor and author of dharma books as well as a popular teacher at dharma centers around the world.
Stephan Bodian has studied and practiced several schools of Buddhism including Zen, Vipassana, and Tibetan Vajrayana traditions.
About the Author
“…another interesting title that seems written for anything but dummies…” (Alain de Botton in The Observer, July 4th, 2004)
Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing Buddhism.
Chapter 1: What is Buddhism?
Chapter 2: Understanding Your Mind: The Creator of All Experience.
Part II: Buddhism Past and Present.
Chapter 3: Surveying the Life and Teachings of the Historical Buddha.
Chapter 4: Charting the Development of Buddhism in India.
Chapter 5: Following Buddhism to the Present Day.
Part III: Buddhism in Practice.
Chapter 6: Turning to Buddhism.
Chapter 7: Meditation: The Central Practice of Buddhism.
Chapter 8: A Day in the Life of a Buddhist.
Chapter 9: Walking in Buddha’s Footsteps.
Part IV: Traveling the Buddhist Path.
Chapter 10: What is Enlightenment Anyway?
Chapter 11: A Matter of Life and Death.
Chapter 12: Getting Your Karmic Act Together.
Chapter 13: Breaking Free of the Cycle of Dissatisfaction.
Chapter 14: Fulfilling Your Brightest Potential.
Chapter 15: Four Modern Buddhist Masters.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Common Misconceptions about Buddhism.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways Buddhism Can Help You Deal with Life’s Problems.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Brushing Up Your Sanskrit: A Glossary of Useful Buddhist Terms.
Appendix B: Additional Buddhist Resources to Check Out.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Other books you might like