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The grandeur, simplicity, and freshness of the 2,500-year-old tradition of Buddhism are reflected in this collection of writings intended as a primer for newcomers to the subject as well as a reference for those familiar with Buddhism. The selections include: The story of the Buddha's life. A concise historical background. Key writings of Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. Meditation instructions. A Buddhist explanation of reincarnation. Simple explanations of ...

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The grandeur, simplicity, and freshness of the 2,500-year-old tradition of Buddhism are reflected in this collection of writings intended as a primer for newcomers to the subject as well as a reference for those familiar with Buddhism. The selections include: The story of the Buddha's life. A concise historical background. Key writings of Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. Meditation instructions. A Buddhist explanation of reincarnation. Simple explanations of terms. A pictorial survey of Buddhist art and architecture.

An illustrated treasury of vital and relevant readings on Buddhism--and an official movie tie-in to Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha. This anthology draws on traditional Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan sources as well as teachings by contemporary Buddhist masters. 24 illus.

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Library Journal
This book is a companion piece to Bernardo Bertolucci's film Little Buddha , which will be released this winter. Thirty-three essays are grouped into four major parts, which explore the life of the Buddha, give a brief history of Buddhism, and explain the central beliefs of the three major types of Buddhism--Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism. Each essay has a brief introduction giving the background of the author and an analysis of the major points of the essay. The editors have done a marvelous job of selecting the essays. Though Walpola Rahula's What the Buddha Taught (Grove/Atlantic, 1987. rev. ed.) would serve better as an introduction, this volume provides an excellent overview of the major schools of Buddhism. Recommended for public libraries.-- David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
Tricycle Magazine
An excellent selection of teachings from the shoreline to the deep end of the Buddhist spectrum.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780877739814
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/14/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Excellent Book on Basic Buddhism

    The selections of this text are excellent and offer the beginner (or advanced student) an excellent reference to the broad spectrum of Buddhist philosophy. I would give this book 5 stars if it wasn't for the author's misinformed attempt to set Tibetian Buddhism above the other schools along with their condescending attitude to the Theravada tradition. The book would be better off without the editor's comments; the various schools of Buddhism really are not that different.

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