This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to Damien Keown’s book provides a lively, informative response to these. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Damien Keown, author Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith’s. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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The spread of Buddhism in Asia 7. What would you say are the main features of Buddhism in Southeast Asia? Are the Buddhist and Western conceptions incompatible? The Buddha ; 3. In Asia, Buddhism is not known as Buddhism exactly, more usually it’s something like the teachings of the Buddha. introcuction

Basic Teachings of the Buddha. This is an excellent concise summary of Buddhism. This Very Short Introduction offers readers a superb overview of the teachings of the Buddha, as well as a succinct guide to the integration of Buddhism into daily life. He highlights some of the more budvhism aspects of Buddhism, such as the refusal of Buddhist authorities in many countries to allow female ordination, and the existence of Buddhist monks who have supported wars.

As he sheds light into how Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, Keown also highlights how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective.

The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Published by Oxford University Press first published I sympathise with Pilate and Judas.

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The limits were Keown necessarily needed to leave unexplored a lot of Buddhist teachings think bullet points of the main concepts. It’s just what the title says: When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty. As he sheds light into how Buddhist thought developed buddhissm the centuries, Keown also highlights how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective. Definitely a lot to take in.


Come to think of it, perhaps I could demonise my friends and colleagues for blocking the Light. Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our vocabulary, but what do they mean?

User Review – Flag as inappropriate A very short introduction to Buddhism. Can Buddhist moral teachings have any force if Buddhism does not believe in a divine lawgiver? Whatever introductoin area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Review quote Keown’s skill in explaining complex ideas and the book’s clarity of structure and style ensure that it will bdudhism the respect of scholars and students.

All very commendable, and something to meditate long and hard on, no doubt — but what if everybody took that attitude? Buddhism and elephants ; 2. Table of contents List of illustrations ; List of maps ; Acknowledgements ; Note on citations and pronunciation ; 1. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? It covers most of the larger traditions and also the early life and thinking of the Buddha.

Mahayana also has a much more complicated cosmology and ‘Buddhology’ with theories about Buddha having three bodies in three different damken, a prophecy of a second Buddha, Maitreya, who will usher in a utopia, and lots of new and inspired scriptures which of course means a lot of different sects and even a few messianic cults. I keonw plenty of brilliant insights concerning the nature of reality, but they all come to nothing because I end up having to get on with eating, drinking and socialising.


Buddhist reincarnation, cosmology, and western perceptions.

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This is pretty much a perfect introduction to Buddhism. Do you think the Buddha’s own experience such as losing his shogt as an infant, being cosseted in a palace had any influence on his outlook on life? Publications Pages Publications Pages. Buddhist Studies from India to America. This lil’ book was on the Recommended Readings list for my Buddhism class.

As a result of a string of more or less bitter disappointments, I am very wary of any form of enthusiasm I might experience on the Quest for Meaning front, because they vety seem to be followed by a disappointment that is more severe than the short-lived euphoria of enlightenment.

What variations, and what common themes, can be identified? Who was the Buddha, and what are his teachings?

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I didn’t know this but apparently it can also be very theistic because Buddhist cosmology includes whole realms of gods and spirits and as well as that many Buddhists verj worship local gods and spirits. Human Rights and Immigration.

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Baqer Al-Meshqab rated it liked it Shelves: You’ve successfully reported this review. Envisioning Keownn Tale of Genji. This accessible volume covers both the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life.

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