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One of the world's great religious traditions, Buddhism evolved from the life and mind of Siddhartha Gautama, later called the Buddha, who lived in India some 2,500 years ago. This volume tells the story of Buddhism's origins and its development into three major schools of thought and presents the particular beliefs and practices of those schools of Buddhism that still flourish today. This revised edition also explores the concept of the "socially engaged Buddhist," the growth and practice of Buddhism in America, and the current situation of Buddhism in countries under communist rule.

Presents the story of Buddhism's origins and growth through the centuries, discussing its basic philosophy and the evolution of the three major schools of Buddhist thought.

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Gr 7-12-- These two titles follow the pattern of other titles in this series, and provide a detailed and quite comprehensive discussion of the religion and its influence on culture and history. The Hooblers show how the beliefs and writings of Confucius and his followers were codified into elaborate rules and rituals throughout Chinese history and how Confucius became defied by many in the process. They discussthe different schools of thought and practice, and their spread into other Eastern countries, particularly Japan and Korea. Finally, the authors describe how Mao and the communist regime set out to destroy both the religion's influence and its heritage. Wangu begins with an introduction to Buddhism today, discussing its ability to coexist and comingle with other religions in the East. He then describes Buddha's life; how the religion spread beyond India's borders; its multiple varieties; its effect on literature and the arts; and its rites, festivals, and religious observances. Both titles are illustrated with black-and-white reproductions and photographs. They are clearly written, but the amount of detail may overwhelm students with no background in the subjects. --Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816047284
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: World Religions Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 4
Ch. 1 Introduction: The Modern Buddhist World 6
Ch. 2 The Life of the Buddha 16
Ch. 3 The Spread of Buddhism 32
Ch. 4 The Varieties of Buddhism 50
Ch. 5 The Literature of Buddhism 68
Ch. 6 The Arts and Buddhism 82
Ch. 7 The Year in Buddhism 98
Ch. 8 Buddhism Today 110
Glossary 124
For Further Reading 126
Index 127
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