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Published: 17 June 2004

256 Pages | 161 full color illus.

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780195173987

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The Illustrated Guide

Edited by Kevin Trainor

Based on the most recent scholarship, Buddhism provides a vibrantly written and marvelously illustrated overview of this ancient and yet still vital religion. Each chapter is written by an acknowledged authority in the field. The book describes the origins and historic development of Buddhism as well as current trends. Most important, it explores the central, unifying principles of a religious and philosophical system that finds expression in an extraordinary diversity of forms, from the elaborate and esoteric rituals of Tantric Buddhism to the rarefied, minimalist refinement of Zen.

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