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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Third Edition, focuses on the depth of Buddhist experiences as expressed in the teachings and practices of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a more global and inclusive approach than any other introductory text, the book spans more than 2,500 years, offering chapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan; and the globalization of Buddhism with a focus on the United States. The volume is enhanced by substantial selections of primary text material, numerous boxed personal narratives by respected Buddhists and scholars, maps and photos, and six essays on cultural experiences of Buddhism around the world today.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Buddhism is a ten! It covers the entire Buddhist tradition with accuracy and from a sympathetic point of view."--Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

"The best single-volume introduction to Buddhism. It is clear, expansive, and accessible."--Daniel S. Breyer, Illinois State University

"I especially like the boxes with notes from practitioners, which make clear that Buddhism is very much a living religion."--Laurie Hovell McMillin, Oberlin College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195311037
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald W. Mitchell is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He is the author of The Gethsemani Encounter: A Dialogue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics (1997).

Sarah H. Jacoby is Assistant Professor of Religion at Northwestern University. She is the coeditor of Buddhism Beyond the Monastery: Tantric Practices and their Performers in Tibet and the Himalayas (2009).

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Table of Contents

Boxes, Figures, and Maps
Acknowledgments
Pronunciation Guide
Introduction 1
1 The Life of Gautama Buddha 9
2 The Teachings of the Buddha 33
3 The Way of the Elders 64
4 The Great Vehicle 96
5 The Indian Experience of Buddhism 126
6 The Tibetan Experience of Buddhism 151
7 The Chinese Experience of Buddhism 178
8 The Korean Experience of Buddhism 218
9 The Japanese Experience of Buddhism 241
10 Modern Buddhism in Asia 283
11 Buddhism in the West 316
Glossary of Technical Terms 350
Index 361
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