Buddhism is a concise and readable survey of the history of Buddhism from its roots in India to its spread across South and East Asia and its present day manifestation in Europe and America. Focusing particularly on the modern period, it provides a valuable introduction to the different paths of Buddhismthe beliefs and practicesand looks at the ways in which this religion is meeting the challenges of the modern world. Written in an accessible and informative style, and assuming little or no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, this book gives a basic introduction to the faithits history, beliefs, and practices. Provides valuable pedagogy, including: timeline; maps; glossary; list of sacred days/festivals; suggested reading; pronunciation guide; index; feature boxes focusing on some aspects of the arts; 11 black and white pictures and artworks. Readers interested in learning more about the world's religions.
Foreword. Preface. Chronology of Buddhism. 1. Introduction: Three Vignettes. 2. The Roots of Buddhism. 3. The Early Historical Development of Buddhism. 4. Modern Buddhism: Many Paths, One Goal. 5. Buddhism and the Challenge of the Modern World. 6. Buddhism in the Twenty-First Century: Old Wine in New Bottles. Glossary. Pronunciation Guide. List of Festivals. Suggested Further Reading. Index.