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Very Short Introductions #03: Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

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This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective? Words such as "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory level for many years, and in this book he provides a lively, challenging response to these frequently asked questions.

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.

Synopsis:

This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective? Words such as "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory level for many years, and in this book he provides a lively, challenging response to these frequently asked questions.

About the Author

Damien Keown is Lecturer in Indian Religion at the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at Goldsmith's College, London. His recent publications include Buddhism and Bioethics, and The Nature of Buddhist Ethics.

Table of Contents

Note on Citations and Pronunciation 1. Buddhism and Elephants 2. The Buddha 3. Karma and Rebirth 4. The Four Noble Truths 5. The Mahayana 6. Buddhism in Asia 7. Meditation 8. Ethics 9. Buddhism in the West Timeline Further Reading Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192853868
Author:
Keown, Damien
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Damien
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Theology | Buddhism
Subject:
Religion and Theology - Buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism -- Customs and practices.
Subject:
Buddhism -- History.
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Very Short Introduction
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20000615
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1080 line illus.
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
7.02x4.38x.37 in. .30 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective? Words such as "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory level for many years, and in this book he provides a lively, challenging response to these frequently asked questions.
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