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Understanding Buddhism : Origins * Beliefs * Practices * Holy Texts *  Sacred Places - Malcolm David Eckel

Understanding Buddhism

Origins * Beliefs * Practices * Holy Texts * Sacred Places

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One of the world's great religious traditions, Buddhism has become an increasingly potent spiritual force in the West, having attracted thousands of followers.

This concise introduction provides an accessible and lavishly illustrated account of the key themes of the Buddhist faith - the life of the Buddha, spiritual and ethical teachings, ritual and ceremony, art and architecture, sacred writings, karma, meditation and enlightenment, death and the afterlife.

It traces the course of Buddhism, from its origins in ancient India to its place in Western society today, providing a unique distillation of this richly varied tradition - a marvellous introduction for all those who wish to move one step closer to the spirit of the Buddha.

About the Author

Malcolm David Eckel is Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Core Curriculum at Boston University. He has lectured widely and contributed many articles to scholarly journals, and is the author of To See the Buddha : A Philosopher's Quest for the Meaning of Emptiness and Bhaviveka and His Buddhist Opponents.

Introductionp. 6
Origins and Historical Developmentp. 12
Extract and Commentaryp. 24
Aspects of the Divinep. 26
Extract and Commentaryp. 34
Sacred Testsp. 36
Extract and Commentaryp. 44
Sacred Personsp. 46
Extract and Commentaryp. 54
Ethical Principlesp. 56
Extract and Commentaryp. 62
Sacred Spacep. 64
Extract and Commentaryp. 74
Sacred Timep. 76
Extract and Commentaryp. 84
Death and the Afterlifep. 86
Extract and Commentaryp. 94
Society and Religionp. 96
Extract and Commentaryp. 104
Glossaryp. 106
General Bibliographyp. 107
Indexp. 108
Acknowledgments and Picture Creditsp. 112

ISBN: 9781907486142
ISBN-10: 9780764210037
Audience: General
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 31st August 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.208