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An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 12/14/2012.
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In this new edition of the best-selling Introduction to Buddhism, Peter Harvey provides a comprehensive introduction to the development of the Buddhist tradition in both Asia and the West. Extensively revised and fully updated, this new edition draws on recent scholarship in the field, exploring the tensions and continuities between the different forms of Buddhism. Harvey critiques and corrects some common misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key concepts that have often been over-simplified and over-generalised. The volume includes detailed references to scriptures and secondary literature, an updated bibliography and a section on web resources. Key terms are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan words are transliterated in the most easily pronounceable form, making this is a truly accessible account. This is an ideal coursebook for students of religion, Asian philosophy and Asian studies, and is also a useful reference for readers wanting an overview of Buddhism and its beliefs.

Table of Contents

The Buddha and his Indian context
Early Buddhist teachings: rebirth and karma
Early Buddhist teachings: the four true realities for the spiritually ennobled
Early developments in Buddhism
Mahyna philosophies: the varieties of emptiness
Mahyna holy beings, and Tantric Buddhism
The later history and spread of Buddhism
Buddhist practice: devotion
Buddhist practice: ethics
Buddhist practice: the Sangha
Buddhist practice: meditation and cultivation of experience-based wisdom
The modern history of Buddhism in Asia
Buddhism beyond Asia
Appendix on canons of scriptures
Web resources
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