Buddhism

Buddhism : Introducing the Buddhist Experience

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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience focuses on the depth of Buddhist experience as expressed in the teachings and practices of a wide array of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a broad and inclusive approach, this unique work spans over 2,500 years, featuring chapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; and Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. It also includes an extensive discussion of modern, socially engaged Buddhism and a concluding chapter on the spread of Buddhism to the West. Mitchell provides substantial selections of primary text material throughout that illustrate a great variety of moral, psychological, meditative, and spiritual Buddhist experiences. Buddhism features twenty-two boxed personal narratives provided by respected Buddhist leaders and scholars from around the world, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharma Master Sheng Yen, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Jeffrey Hopkins, Sulak Sivaraksa, Rita M. Gross, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, and Robert Aitken. These concise and intriguing essays give students a glimpse into what the topics discussed in the book actually mean in terms of human experience today. Ideal for courses in Buddhism, Asian religions, and Asian philosophy, Buddhism also incorporates helpful maps, numerous illustrations, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 165.1 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 24 halftones, 4 line illustrations, glossary
  • 0195139526
  • 9780195139525

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"Simply excellent. Its strengths are its clarity and its comprehensiveness."--John P. Keenan, Middlebury College"The author has done an excellent job of presenting a clear and accurate exposition of Buddhism."--Paul J. Griffiths, University of Illinois at Chicago"An excellent book. [It] provides comprehensive coverage of the full history of the many varieties of Buddhist thought and practice in diverse cultures in an accessible and balanced fashion. Each section of the book offers a clear, thorough, insightful, and thought-provoking explanation of major themes and issues with just the right amount of material to give an in-depth overview that does not overwhelm the reader."--Steven Heine, Florida International University "Simply excellent. Its strengths are its clarity and its comprehensiveness."--John P. Keenan, Middlebury College "The author has done an excellent job of presenting a clear and accurate exposition of Buddhism."--Paul J. Griffiths, University of Illinois at Chicago "An excellent book. [It] provides comprehensive coverage of the full history of the many varieties of Buddhist thought and practice in diverse cultures in an accessible and balanced fashion. Each section of the book offers a clear, thorough, insightful, and thought-provoking explanation of major themes and issues with just the right amount of material to give an in-depth overview that does not overwhelm the reader."--Steven Heine, Florida International University "Simply excellent. Its strengths are its clarity and its comprehensiveness."--John P. Keenan, Middlebury College "The author has done an excellent job of presenting a clear and accurate exposition of Buddhism."--Paul J. Griffiths, University of Illinois at Chicago "An excellent book. [It] provides comprehensive coverage of the full history of the many varieties of Buddhist thought and practice in diverse cultures in an accessible and balanced fashion. Each section of the book offers a clear, thorough, insightful, and thought-provoking explanation of major themes and issues with just the right amount of material to give an in-depth overview that does not overwhelm the reader."--Steven Heine, Florida International University "Simply excellent. Its strengths are its clarity and its comprehensiveness."--John P. Keenan, Middlebury College"The author has done an excellent job of presenting a clear and accurate exposition of Buddhism."--Paul J. Griffiths, University of Illinois at Chicago"An excellent book. [It] provides comprehensive coverage of the full history of the many varieties of Buddhist thought and practice in diverse cultures in an accessible and balanced fashion. Each section of the book offers a clear, thorough, insightful, and thought-provoking explanation of majorthemes and issues with just the right amount of material to give an in-depth overview that does not overwhelm the reader."--Steven Heine, Florida International Universityshow more

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