Historical Dictionary of Buddhism

Historical Dictionary of Buddhism

by Charles S. Prebish




With a history spanning more than two and a half millenia and over 300 million adherents worldwide, Buddhism is one of humankind's most interesting and populous religions . This book provides a comprehensive framework for understanding Buddhism as a historically compelling religion. Because the study of Buddhism is a difficult task, including so many varied cultures, this volume seeks to assist the reader by providing a carefully designed pronunciation guide to Buddhist canonical languages, an overview of the Buddhist scriptures preserved in Pali, Chinese, and Tibetan, a chronology of Buddhist history, a map of the Buddhist world, an extensive introduction to the history, doctrine, and community life of the religion, and an extremely comprehensive bibliography.

Author Biography: Charles S. Prebish (BA, Western Reserve; MA, Case Western Reserve ; PhD, Wisconsin), Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State, has published seven books and several dozen articles in such journals as "History of Religions, Journal of the American Oriental Society," and "Journal of Asian Studies." A past officer of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, he held the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies in 1993 at the University of Calgary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810826984
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/1993
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Ser. , #1
Pages: 425
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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