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The Story of Buddhism: A Concise Guide to Its History and Teachings

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This engaging introduction to Buddhism by leading Buddhist scholar Donald S. Lopez Jr. offers an expert but lucid account that demystifies Buddhism and explains its practices, teachings, and schools. Blending penetrating analysis with engaging storytelling, Lopez makes Buddhism accessible and compelling as he reveals the commonalities and differences among the major traditions. The Story of Buddhism focuses on actual lived practice and shows why Buddhism has been so appealing and helpful through many centuries and many cultures, including our own.

Lopez begins with the creation and structure of the Buddhist universe and then tells the story of the life of the Buddha, weaving a tapestry of history, legend, and doctrine (a traditional approach in Buddhist literature). He explores important concepts such as dharma — including devotional practices and techniques of meditation — and sangha — the communities of monks, nuns, and laypeople who follow the teachings of the Buddha. Finally, the author probes the meaning of enlightenment as a path to the realization of one's true nature and freedom from suffering.

Complete with a glossary, detailed index, and comprehensive bibliography, The Story of Buddhism is a rich presentation of the Buddhist tradition. Whether you are a practicing Buddhist, a student of world religions, or both, this concise, accessible introduction to the teachings, practices, and historical development of Buddhism is an invaluable guide that will set the standard for years to come.

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Leading Buddhist scholar Donald Lopez offers an engaging introduction to the essential elements of Buddhism while revealing the differences between the major traditions. Combining scholarship with fascinating stories, this absorbing book offers a fresh perspective to the history and life of Buddha.

About the Author

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Carl W. Belser Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author and editor of many books on Buddhism, including Buddhism in Practice and Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West, and key religious texts by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace, The Way to Freedom, and Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart.

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la4dessert, August 18, 2012 (view all comments by la4dessert)
Excellent book on buddhism and its history. Recommended and easily accessible to everyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060699765
Subtitle:
Teachings
Author:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr.
Author:
Lopez, Donald S.
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism -- History.
Subject:
Buddhism - General
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Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
1952
Publication Date:
20010605
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.56x6.55x1.01 in. 1.22 lbs.

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