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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Damien Keown

February 2013

ISBN: 9780199663835

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

In the new edition of this lively and accessible Very Short Introduction to Buddhism, Damien Keown looks at all the distinctive features of the major world faith; examining the development of Buddhist thought over the centuries, its impact on daily life in contemporary society, and the spread of Buddhism throughout the world.

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In the new edition of this lively and accessible Very Short Introduction to Buddhism, Damien Keown looks at all the distinctive features of the major world faith; examining the development of Buddhist thought over the centuries, its impact on daily life in contemporary society, and the spread of Buddhism throughout the world.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Damien Keown, Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith's College, London

Damien Keown is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, London. He is Founding co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is also the author of Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2005) and co-editor of Encyclopaedia of Buddhism (Routledge, 2007). He is now retired.

Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    Acknowledgements
    Note on citations and pronunciation
    1:Buddhism and elephants
    2:The Buddha
    3:Karma and rebirth
    4:The Four Noble Truths
    5:The Mahayana
    6:The spread of Buddhism in Asia
    7:Meditation
    8:Ethics
    9:Buddhism in the West
    Timeline
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Keown's skill in explaining complex ideas and the book's clarity of structure and style ensure that it will retain the respect of scholars and students. In short, the book is a very worthwhile read." - Naomi Appleton, The Expository Times