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Simple Guides To Theravada Buddhism (09 Edition)by Diana St. Ruth
Synopses & Reviews
THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU
• to appreciate the timeless wisdom of the oldest form of Buddhism in existence today
• to understand what it means to be a Buddhist
• to recognize the key practices and traditions of Theravada Buddhism
• to avoid faux pas in conversation, in travelling and in personal relationships
ACCESS THE WORLDS RELIGIONS
Simple Guides: Religion is a series of concise, accessible introductions to the worlds major religions. Written by experts in the field, they offer an engaging and sympathetic description of the key concepts, beliefs and practices of different faiths.
Ideal for spiritual seekers and travellers alike, Simple Guides aims to open the doors of perception. Together the books provide a reliable compass to the worlds great spiritual traditions, and a point of reference for further exploration and discovery. By offering essential insights into the core values, customs and beliefs of different
societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural sensibilities of their hosts, and to behave in a way that fosters mutual respect and understanding.
The oldest form of Buddhism extant today, Theravada is practiced widely in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Laos, with a growing following in the West. For newcomers to Buddhism as well as the initiated, the book presents an overview of the monks in saffron robes and their practices, from both a historical and contemporary viewpoint, plus extracts from the Pali Canon-texts believed to contain some of the Buddha's original teachings. These center on the awakening to true experience and freedom from suffering on the path to happiness. Also included are selections of monastic observances and liturgical writings, with a description of the contents and layout of a typical temple.
About the Author
BOTH THE AUTHORS were born in 1943, Richard in London, Diana in Leicester, and both developed an interest in Buddhism during their teens. They were married in 1969. In 1983 they founded the Buddhist Publishing Group, and in 1989 started the magazine Buddhism Now, of which they are joint editors. They also organize annual Buddhist summer schools. Other titles by the authors include: An Introduction to Buddhism, BPG, 1988; Zen Graffiti, BPG 1991; Experience Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation, BPG, 1993; The Little Book of Buddhist Wisdom, Element, 1997; Sitting: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Penguin, 1998; and in the Simple Guide series, Zen Buddhism. We would like to express our grateful thanks to Don E. Whitbread for his helpful comments on the manuscript.
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