Buddhism: A History

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Overview

BUDDHISM begins with a brief account of the life of the historical Buddha and his teachings. The book looks into the schism that developed upon the death of the Buddha, the various schools that evolved around his teachings and the spread of these schools in all parts of the world, a process which is still continuing today.
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Reat covers the history of Buddhism in a marvelously interesting and informative way that will appeal to the general reader. In 13 chapters, he discusses the Buddha in history and legend; the death of the Buddha and the split that resulted in the Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism; the teachings of the Buddha; and the development of Buddhism around the world, primarily in the United States. He also demonstrates the impact of the political history of different countries on the development of Buddhism and interweaves explanations of the importance of several Buddhist canonical texts with his descriptions of the development of the Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism in various countries. Reat presents this history in a way that draws the reader into the account and provides answers to the questions a beginning reader would have. The result is more detailed than most introductions to the subject. Highly recommended for libraries needing a current introduction to the subject.-David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875730028
  • Publisher: Jain Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Religions of the World Series
  • Edition description: JAIN PUBLISHING COMPANY
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Author's Preface
Introduction
I The Buddha in Legend and History 1
II The Death of the Buddha and Schism in the Sangha 16
III The Teachings of the Historical Buddha 29
IV The Development of Mahayana Buddhism 48
V The Development of Buddhism in India 61
VI The Development of Buddhism in Sri Lanka 84
VII The Development of Buddhism in Southeast Asia 99
VIII The Development of Buddhism in China 133
IX The Development of Buddhism in Korea 165
X The Development of Buddhism in Japan 186
XI The Development of Buddhism in Tibet 220
XII Tibetan Buddhism Beyond Tibet 257
XIII Buddhism in the West 278
Abbreviations 294
Pronunciation Guide 295
Suggestions for Further Reading 298
Notes 314
Glossary 318
Index 351
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