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 ancientreligion

Buddhism, one of the world's most widely practiced religions, isa fascinating yet complex eastern religion that is rapidlyspreading throughout western civilization. What does it mean to bea Buddhist? What are the fundamental beliefs and history behindthis religion? Buddhism For Dummies explores these questionsand more in this updated guide to Buddhist culture. You'll gain anunderstanding of the origins of this ancient practice and howthey're currently applied to everyday life.

Whether you're a searcher of truth, a student of religions, orjust curious about what makes Buddhism such a widely practicedreligion, this guide is for you. In plain English, it defines theimportant terms, explains the key concepts, and explores in-depth awide 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 religionsengaging and accessible to everyone, Buddhism For Dummies isyour 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: 154,944
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Landaw is the former English Translation Editor,Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Stephan Bodian has studied and practices several schoolsof Buddhism.

Gudrun Bühnemann, Professor, teaches the SanskritLanguage and its literature, along with courses on the religions ofSouth Asia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Embarking on a Journey: The Basics of Buddhism 7

Chapter 1: Entering the World of Buddhism: The Basics 9

Chapter 2: Understanding Your Mind: The Creator of All Experience 21

Part II: A Short History of Buddhism 35

Chapter 3: Surveying the Life and Teachings of the Historical Buddha 37

Chapter 4: The Development of Buddhism on the Indian Subcontinent 63

Chapter 5: Watching Developments Continue to the Present Day 85

Part III: Behaving Like a Buddhist 119

Chapter 6: Turning to Buddhism 121

Chapter 7: Meditation: A Central Practice of Buddhism 139

Chapter 8: A Day in the Life of a Buddhist Practitioner 161

Chapter 9: Walking in the Buddha's Footsteps 181

Part IV: Exploring the Buddhist Path 195

Chapter 10: What Is Enlightenment, Anyway? 197

Chapter 11: A Matter of Life and Death 217

Chapter 12: Minding the Concept of Karma 233

Chapter 13: Breaking Free of the Cycle of Dissatisfaction 249

Chapter 14: Fulfi lling Your Highest Potential 269

Chapter 15: Life Stories of Four Buddhist Masters 289

Part V: The Part of Tens 307

Chapter 16: Ten Common Misconceptions about Buddhism 309

Chapter 17: Ten Ways Buddhism Can Help You Deal with Life's Problems 317

Part VI: Appendixes 329

Appendix A: Explaining Buddhist Terms 331

Appendix B: Additional Buddhist Resources to Check Out 337

Index 347

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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.
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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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