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Published: 28 February 2013

184 Pages | 16 black and white halftones and 3 maps


ISBN: 9780199663835

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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Damien Keown

Very Short Introductions

  • Remains one of the most accessible introductions to Buddhism
  • Introduces the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life
  • Looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism and how it differs from other religions
  • Examines how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, including the contemporary spread in to Asia
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • 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