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An Illustrated Outline of Buddhism is an ideal introduction to the vast and complex field of Buddhism, a world religion with more than a billion followers. In its short format and accessible style, it presents the essential features of the Buddhist religion with a clear yet concise style that is suitable for both the general reader and student of Buddhism. This fully color edition contains 40 color illustrations, including a stunning array of outstanding examples of Buddhist art, architecture, statuary, and ...
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Overview

An Illustrated Outline of Buddhism is an ideal introduction to the vast and complex field of Buddhism, a world religion with more than a billion followers. In its short format and accessible style, it presents the essential features of the Buddhist religion with a clear yet concise style that is suitable for both the general reader and student of Buddhism. This fully color edition contains 40 color illustrations, including a stunning array of outstanding examples of Buddhist art, architecture, statuary, and calligraphy. Numerous maps, diagrams, and charts are included to illustrate important aspects of Buddhist beliefs and to summarize the different cultural forms and developmental phases of Buddhism. A select bibliography for further reading and a detailed index will also aid the reader.
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Editorial Reviews

Joseph A. Fitzgerald
This new illustrated edition, revised and enlarged a full generation after the first, provides a clear and succinct overview of Buddhist teachings and practices. . . . Stoddart’s work also pays tribute to the overwhelming beauty of Buddhist art—amply confirmed by the rich selection of color reproductions in this volume—in a wide variety of schools. An Illustrated Outline of Buddhism is thus not only useful, but moving and inspiring, and as such does full justice to a spiritual tradition that is unique and irreplaceable among the great religions of the world.
Alberto Martin
This book is a pocket encyclopedia. The explanations given by the author of many subtle and important doctrines are gratifyingly clear.
Mateus Soares de Azevedo
A salient contribution to the study of Buddhism. The prestigious British author was able to produce here a clear, simple, and at the same time profound and comprehensive study of Buddhism, which puts first things first and each thing in its proper place. The book demonstrates that Buddhism is as much a religion as Christianity or Islam and offers a balanced panorama of the Buddhist religion, history, and culture.
Midwest Book Review
Buddhism is a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning "the awakened one". The Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering (dukkha) through the elimination of ignorance (avidya) by way of understanding and the seeing of dependent origination (pratityasamutpada) and the elimination of craving (ta ha), and thus the attainment of the cessation of all suffering, known as the sublime state of nirvana. "An Illustrated Outline of Buddhism: The Essentials of Buddhist Spirituality" by William Stoddart is an informed and informative history and introduction to a world religion with more than a billion followers and divided into numerous sects. Beautifully illustrated with eighty full color photographs, and enhanced with a number of maps, diagrams and charts, this compendium of expert commentary on Buddhism's essential features is an ideal introduction and is highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Buddhist Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936597260
  • Publisher: World Wisdom, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 603,769
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Stoddart was born in Carstairs, Scotland in 1925, lived most of his life in London, England, and now lives in Windsor, Ontario. For many years Stoddart was assistant editor of the British journal Studies in Comparative Religion. Stoddart’s works include Outline of Hinduism, Outline of Sufism: The Essentials of Islamic Spirituality, and What Does Islam Mean in Today’s World? Religion, Politics, Spirituality.

Joseph Fitzgerald is a professional editor. He studied Comparative Religion at Indiana University and has traveled extensively throughout the Far East. His edited works includes the award-winning An Illustrated Introduction to Taosim by Jean C. Cooper. He lives with his wife and children in Bloomington, Indiana.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    Disclaimer: I received this book free from World Wisdom in exch

    Disclaimer: I received this book free from World Wisdom in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.

    As a Unitarian Universalist, I have always been fascinated with the various religions and spiritualities of the world. Of course, most people think they know what Buddhism is since it is a very prevalent religion. However, there were many little nuances that I never knew about. I knew the basics and that is about all.

    This book takes a better look at what Buddhism is and where it comes from. Not only that, but the artwork in this book is absolutely breath taking.

    One of the great things is that before delving into what exactly Buddhism is, the author takes the time to explain the similarities and differences between Buddhism and the other major religions of the World.

    Next, the author takes us through the life of Siddhartha Guatama. He is the one that they call Buddha. Buddha means "enlightened" or "awakened". We follow Siddhartha's journey towards his awakening. He then explains to us the basic tenets of Buddhism. And introduces us to the various figures that play an important role in Buddhism.

    If you have ever wanted to know more about the Buddhist religion, then this book will give you lots of great details.

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