Buddhism For Dummies

Buddhism For Dummies


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Buddhism For Dummies by Jonathan Landaw, Stephen Bodian, Gudrun Buhnemann

Your hands-on guide to this widely practiced and ancient religion

Buddhism, one of the world's most widely practiced religions, is a fascinating yet complex eastern religion that is rapidly spreading throughout western civilization. What does it mean to be a Buddhist? What are the fundamental beliefs and history behind this religion? Buddhism For Dummies explores these questions and more in this updated guide to Buddhist culture. You'll gain an understanding of the origins of this ancient practice and how they're currently applied to everyday life.

Whether you're a searcher of truth, a student of religions, or just curious about what makes Buddhism such a widely practiced religion, this guide is for you. In plain English, it defines the important terms, explains the key concepts, and explores in-depth a wide range of fascinating topics.

  • New and expanded coverage on all the schools of Buddhism, including Theravada, Tibetan, and Mahayana

  • The continuing relevance of the Dalai Lama

  • Updated coverage on daily observances, celebrations, styles, practices, meditation, and more

Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religions engaging and accessible to everyone, Buddhism For Dummies is your essential guide to this fascinating religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118023792
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 92,067
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Landaw has been both an editor and author of dharma books as well as a popular teacher at dharma centers around the world.

Stephan Bodian has studied and practiced several schools of Buddhism including Zen, Vipassana, and Tibetan Vajrayana traditions.

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Buddhism for Dummies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
pat3494 More than 1 year ago
I wanted a basic introduction to Buddhism and found this book very useful. Buddhism is a subject that can be very difficult to explain and this book does a good job. It is very readable and conversational in tone, with a sense of humor. It does a good job of making the subject accessible to Westerners and introduces the reader to the main concepts and internal differences in types of Buddhism. I would have liked the book to be even longer and it left several questions unanswered, but that inspires me to read more advanced books to find the answers. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a basic understanding of Buddhism.
Ernest Davis More than 1 year ago
Super easy to read. Worth the price. Exactly what it claims to be a perfect introduction for someone with no knowledge of buddism. If you are interested in buddism it is a perfect place to start your journey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid buddhist myself, I find that this book answers most questions that are frequently asked about buddhism. Buddhism is a great religion, but it is inly possible if you open up to it. Just read the book, and apply your own religion's methids at the end. (For example, I mean that since christianity has a god, this does not mean that all religions have a god.) Thanks for reading. Enjoy the book!
rackbar More than 1 year ago
Perfect introduction to Buddhism. Very easy to follow and a wealth of knowledge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't read it.
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Awesome book for anyone looking to get the basics and the history of Buddhism.
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Amazing book for new practicers. It is easy to understand and answered all my questions. A must buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect comprehensive, down to earth guide to Buddhism. I am only partway through it but am continually amazed at the wealth of knowledge within and it's outstanding presentation of the experienced authors. I highly recommend this anyone interested in learning about Buddhism or spiritual developement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i finally get it fix and see full length of the book.nothing miss parts anymore.it s awesome helpful book !
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Msice More than 1 year ago
Not your typical "dummies" book. A good over view of the subject..
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