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This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to Damien Keown’s book provides a lively, informative response to these. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Damien Keown, author Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith’s. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Mahayana also has a much more complicated cosmology and ‘Buddhology’ with theories about Buddha having three bodies in three different dimensions, a prophecy of a second Buddha, Maitreya, who will usher in a utopia, and lots of new and inspired scriptures which of course means a lot of different sects and even a few messianic cults. I can never resist a text from the Very Short Introductions series. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Finally, Keown ends introductiin book discussing Buddhism in the West and the possibilities of development and enlightenment as Buddhism grows in a new field.

Damien Keown looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction : Damien Keown :

Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative–yet always balanced and complete–discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Just what I was looking for. Very Short Introductions online. Keown has taught Buddhism at an introductory level for many years, and in this book he provides a lively, challenging response to these frequently asked questions.


Incorporates recent new discoveries and new perspectives on Buddhist thought Includes up to date material about the spread of Buddhism and historical evolution of buddhism throughout Asia Looks at the material culture of Buddhism and its importance Incorporates new thinking on the ethics of war and peace, which have become part of a lively debate in recent years Updates to the interaction between Buddhism and the West, including topics such as ethnicity, class, and gender Updated further reading list including several recent publications.

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Unifying Force of Hinduism. This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the integration of Buddhism into daily life. So, this is informative, but it does not teach or introdudtion, There are loads of anecdotes concerning Buddhist masters expounding on the fragility of life and the importance of the present moment over future and past.

Contents 1 Buddhism and elephants. Jun 01, Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read Shelves: Damien Keown, author of Buddhism: Aug 13, Barrett rated it really liked it.

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Who keowm the Buddha, and what are his teachings? Would you like us to take another look at this review? Why does the monastic sangha require such a rigorous behavioural code as opposed to the less difficult guidelines for the laity?

This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

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The Star Spangled Buddhist. Other books in this series. To this confluence of cultures Buddhism brings a sophisticated psychology, techniques of meditation, a profound metaphysics, and a universally admired code of ethics. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society.

Shkrt maybe it was a conscious nod on Keown’s part to the patriarchal nature of religions that the default person in this book, as I started to notice in introducttion chapter on meditation, is always a man. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s sad to think that what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan were once prosperous Buddhist centres of trade and learning.

Unfortunately it just took me a long while to read this because it was very academic, and that wasn’t what I was really looking for at this moment.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction – Damien Keown – Oxford University Press

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. By considering how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, this VSI considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective. Aug 08, Dean rated it liked it. What Do Hindus Believe? We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

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