A Survey of Buddhism: Its Doctrines and Methods Through the AgesPaperback
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- Publisher: Windhorse Publications
- Format: Paperback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 30mm | 860g
- Publication date: 1 August 2004
- Publication City/Country: Birmingham
- ISBN 10: 0904766934
- ISBN 13: 9780904766936
- Edition: 9, Revised
- Edition statement: 9th Revised edition
- Sales rank: 425,100
Now in its ninth edition, "A Survey of Buddhism" provides a study of the entire field of Buddhist thought and practice. Covering all major doctrines and traditions, both in relation to Buddhism as a whole and to the spiritual life of the individual Buddhist, the author places their development in historical and cultural context. This is an objective, but sympathetic, appraisal of Buddhism's many forms, that clearly demonstrates the underlying unity of all its schools. The first section concentrates on basic doctrines and methods common to all of Buddhism, while later sections discuss the teachings and practices of its specific schools. The book closes appropriately with the practical aspects of Mahayana Buddhism - which stresses the unity of compassion and wisdom - as exemplified by the Bodhisattva Ideal, "the perfectly ripened fruit of the whole vast tree of Buddhism".
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A respected translator and author of over fifty books, Sangharakshita began studying BUddhism at the age of 16. After 20 years studying in India he returned to England and set up the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order which has over 65 centres worldwide, including the USA.