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The Buddha : A Very Short Introduction - Michael Carrithers

The Buddha

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 22nd February 2001
ISBN: 9780192854537
Number Of Pages: 128

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In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance. Well-paced and informative, this introduction will enlighten not only those who study Buddhism and comparative religion but anyone intrigued by the remarkable philosophy of one of the greatest religious thinkers.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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`admirably well-paced and informative.' Galen Strawson, Sunday Times

1: Introduction 2: Early life and renunciation 3: To the awakening 4: The awakening 5: The mission and the death Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780192854537
ISBN-10: 0192854534
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 22nd February 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.3  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.11

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