An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices / Edition 2

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Unlike other studies, this work not only explores Buddhism's world views but attempts to show how it functions as a set of practices based on devotion, ethics, and meditation.
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"Harvey's An Introduction to Buddhism is an admirably lucid, concise, and comprehensive exposition of the historical development and spread of Buddhism." Teaching Philosophy

"...the most comprehensive and detailed English-language introduction to the entirety of Buddhism in its historical development." Adris

"Peter Harvey's Introduction to Buddhism is to be recommended; in its breadth and scope it is without serious rival as an introductory volume...Harvey is to be congratulated on a rounded and sensitive presentation of Buddhist thought and practice." Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521676748
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Series: Introduction to Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 700,418
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Harvey is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland. He is author of An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Issues (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvāna in Early Buddhism (1995). He is editor of the Buddhist Studies Review.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Buddha and his Indian context; 2. Early Buddhist teachings: rebirth and karma; 3. Early Buddhist teachings: the four true realities for the spiritually ennobled; 4. Early developments in Buddhism; 5. Mahāyāna philosophies: the varieties of emptiness; 6. Mahāyāna holy beings, and Tantric Buddhism; 7. The later history and spread of Buddhism; 8. Buddhist practice: devotion; 9. Buddhist practice: ethics; 10. Buddhist practice: the Sangha; 11. Buddhist practice: meditation and cultivation of experience-based wisdom; 12. The modern history of Buddhism in Asia; 13. Buddhism beyond Asia; Appendix on canons of scriptures; Web resources; Bibliography; Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    Not recommended

    Buddhism as a complex philosophical system is difficult to comprehend. Some have stayed true to the path carved out by The Buddha, while others, such as the Tibetan Buddhists, have perverted it. This treatise on Buddhism is written by a scholar, who in spite of his immense knowledge and all too obvious love for the Buddhist religion, fails to outline the main doctrines of the Buddhist faith in an accessible way. Mr Harvey attempts hard to avoid the language of jargons but ends up being obscure. I do not recommend this book to beginners. Read the introductions by K.K. Klostermaier and Damien Keown instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    An Inspiration

    This is an excellent text offering an understanding of this beautiful culture to the academic and the inquisitive alike. Peter is a most humble and unassuming friend, I had not realised the true depth of his understanding and enthusiasm when I first met him. I feel priveleged to hear his words, and to be listened to in return.

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