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Published: 07 June 2001

120 Pages | 1 map, 6 halftones

ISBN: 9780192854537

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The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Carrithers

Very Short Introductions

  • Guides readers through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts teach about the life and teaching of the Buddha
  • Discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought
  • Assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance