Synopses & Reviews
Providing comprehensive coverage of the origins of Buddhism, while also tackling the doctrines and practices of this ancient faith, this comprehensive guide is an insightful and jargon-free picture of the great faith. All the most important topics are rendered accessible to the reader, among them Buddhism as a living tradition; meditation and education; and the goal of Nirvana. Answering all the questions most people would ask about the key issues of Buddhism, Buddhism: A Short Introduction will enable readers to better understand the vast and varied phenomenon that has deeply shaped a great part of humanity past and present.
Following the success of his A Short Introduction to Hinduism, Klaus K. Klostermaier has once again produced a straightforward introductory study of a living faith. With Buddhism as one of the fastest growing religions in the West, this book is sure to be of great interest to many. Like all other titles in this established and expanding series, the text is accessible to general readers with little or no knowledge of the religion, to students as a reliable reference and to practicing faith members.
This meticulous introduction to the Buddhist tradition not only explores the origins of the movement, but also offers a detailed study of its schools, doctrines, and practices in addition to introducing all the major texts.
1280451 Includes bibliographical references and index.