Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide

Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide

by Kevin Trainor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195173988

ISBN-13: 9780195173987

Pub. Date: 03/12/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Buddhism is a major spiritual and ethical force in the world today—and certainly one of the fastest growing religions in the West. Its compelling insights into human existence offer an ancient and radical alternative to the materialism of the modern age. More and more people are turning to Buddhism to rediscover the human and the spiritual values they find

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Buddhism is a major spiritual and ethical force in the world today—and certainly one of the fastest growing religions in the West. Its compelling insights into human existence offer an ancient and radical alternative to the materialism of the modern age. More and more people are turning to Buddhism to rediscover the human and the spiritual values they find lacking in traditional Western religions.
Now, in this strikingly illustrated and authoritative volume, general readers have an illuminating introduction of one of the world's great living faiths. Based on the most recent scholarship, Buddhism provides a vibrantly written and marvelously illustrated overview of this ancient and yet still vital religion. Each chapter is written by an acknowledged authority in the field. The book describes the origins and historic development of Buddhism as well as current trends. Perhaps most important, it explores the central, unifying principles of a religious and philosophical system that finds expression in an extraordinary diversity of forms, from the elaborate and esoteric rituals of Tantric Buddhism to the rarefied, minimalist refinement of Zen. A major section is devoted to an analysis of the religion's more important sacred writings. And throughout the book, magnificent illustrations capture the sacred art, architecture, daily practices, and symbols inspired by the Buddha and his teaching.
Buddhism in the United States has grown dramatically. Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide offers a wealth of reference information that will deepen one's understanding and appreciation of this ancient Eastern faith.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195173987
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/12/2004
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
366,415
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Pt. 1Origins10
Ch. 1Ancient India : belief and society12
Ch. 2The career of Siddhartha22
Ch. 3A new community46
Pt. 2Principles and practice56
Ch. 1The human condition58
Ch. 2The "Four Noble Truths"64
Ch. 3The path of the Buddha72
Ch. 4Mental cultivation80
Ch. 5The Buddhist community90
Ch. 6Buddhism in practice106
Ch. 7Theravada Buddhism120
Ch. 8Mahayana Buddhism132
Ch. 9Chan and Zen : the way of meditation150
Ch. 10Tantra162
Pt. 3Holy writings174
Ch. 1Assembling the dharma176
Ch. 2The three baskets186
Ch. 3Mahayana scriptures196
Pt. 4Buddhism today212
Ch. 1The expanding community214
Ch. 2Society and the sangha226
Glossary238
Timeline240
Bibliography242
Index246
Picture credits and acknowledgments256

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