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Buddhism: a very short introduction

By: Keown, Damien.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: 2013ISBN: 978-0-19-966383-5.
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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. Damien Keown looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were. By considering how Buddhist thought hasdeveloped over the centuries, Keown considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective.In this new edition Keown provides new perspectives on Buddhist thought, including up-to-date material about the evolution of Buddhism throughout Asia, the material culture of Buddhism and its importance, new teachings on the ethics of war and peace, and changes to ethnicity, class, andgender.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of illustrations
  • List of maps
  • Acknowledgements
  • Note on citations and pronunciation
  • 1 Buddhism and elephants
  • 2 The Buddha
  • 3 Karma and rebirth
  • 4 The Four Noble Truths
  • 5 The Mahayana
  • 6 The spread of Buddhism in Asia
  • 7 Meditation
  • 8 Ethics
  • 9 Buddhism in the West
  • Timeline
  • Further Reading
  • Index