Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices

Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices

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Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices by Jack Maguire, Jack Hosho Maguire

Four hundred million people call themselves Buddhists today. Yet most Westerners know little about this powerful, Eastern-spawned faith. How did it begin? What do its adherents believe? Why are so many Westerners drawn to it?
Essential Buddhism responds to these questions and many more, offering an accessible, global perspective on the religion's past, present, and future. It identifies how the principal concepts and practices originated and evolved through diverse cultural adaptations into three basic formats:

Theraveda (including Vipassana, brought from Vietnam in the 1960s and including such practitioners as Jack Kornfield and Jon Kapat-Zinn)

Mahayana (including Zen Buddhism, originally brought to America by Japanese teachers after World War II and popularized by Jack Kerouac and Thomas Merton)

Vajrayana (including Tibetan Buddhism, from the teachers who fled the Chinese takeover of Tibet in the 1950s as well as the Dalai Lama, and embraced by Allen Ginsberg, Richard Gere, and countless others)
Essential Buddhism is the single best resource for the novice and the expert alike, exploring the depths of Buddhism's popularity and illuminating its tenets and sensible approach to living. Written in the lucid prose of a longtime professional storyteller, and full of Buddhist tales, scriptural quotes, ancient stories, and contemporary insights, Essential Buddhism is the first complete guide to the faith and the phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671041885
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 645,512
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jack Hosho Maguire took his Buddhist vows in 1996 at the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Mountain Monastery, one of America's leading Buddhist institutions. He has been a professional storyteller, specializing in Buddhist tales, for the past fifteen years. He has written many books, including The Power of Personal Storytelling, and he is a frequent contributor to the Buddhist journal Mountain Record, among others.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book & loved it. It is a great introduction to Buddhism. I really liked how Mr. Maguire combined a historical perspective with essentials beliefs. Very well written.