Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

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This accessible volume provides information about both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? Who is Buddha, and what are his beliefs? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective?
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Overview

This accessible volume provides information about both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? Who is Buddha, and what are his beliefs? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective?
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"Damien Keown's book is a readable and wonderfully lucid introduction to one of mankind's most beautiful, profound, and compelling systems of wisdom. The rise of the East makes understanding and learning from Buddhism, a living doctrine, more urgent than ever before. Keown's impressive powers of explanation help us to come to terms with a vital contemporary reality."--Bryan Appleyard, columnist, The Sunday Times (London)

"The perfect book for anyone seeking to learn more about this religion....Holistic in its approach, Buddhism gives readers insight into an ancient and profound religion."--Medium

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199663835
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/6/2013
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 203,618
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Damien Keown is Reader in Buddhism at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His books on Buddhism include Dictionary of Buddhism and Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. He is also Editor of The Journal of Buddhist Ethics and Co-Editor of The Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism series.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of maps
Acknowledgements
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. The spread of Buddhism in Asia
7. Meditation
8. Ethics
9. Buddhism in the West
Timeline
Further Reading
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2003

    Very basic, but good for the beginner.

    Although most 'informed' persons would probably cringe at the broad strokes this book takes, it is a fantastic introduction to the Buddhist tradition. Covering the very basics of Buddhism in 130 easy-to-read, easy-to-understand pages, Mr. Keown's book is the perfect start for any Westerner interested in Buddhist ideas. This book is, in no way, meant to act as a comprehensive or in-depth scholarly study and should not be read as such. If you are at all well-versed in Buddhism, another title should be considered. This book is not, however, childish or 'easy,' it is merely, as the title says, a 'very short introduction.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Good overview

    A nice, quick overview of Buddhism in historical context. Excellent on Indian origins, meditation, and ethics; the author is an eminent expert on the last. Cursory coverage of Buddhism's East Asian development and modern spread is based on English-language and especially British sources.

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