A Dictionary of Buddhism
Oxford University Press, 2003 - Religion - 357 pages
With over 2,000 wide-ranging entries, this dictionary is the most up-to-date and comprehensive of its kind. Written by a leading expert in the field and incorporating research by regional specialists, this new dictionary covers both historical and contemporary issues in Buddhism and includes all Buddhist schools and cultures.
Elegantly illustrated with line drawings of religious structures, iconography, and ritual objects, The Dictionary of Buddhism includes entries on the history and doctrines of the major Buddhist schools, information on the spread of Buddhism in Asia and the West, and coverage of issues of contemporary concern such as human rights, abortion, euthanasia, and the role of women in Buddhist teachings. An ultimate reference, the dictionary also contains appendices that include a chronology of important dates, a guide to canonical scriptures, and a pronunciation guide for difficult names and terms. Beliefs, doctrines, major teachers and scholars, place names, and artifacts are all covered in a clear and concise style making The Dictionary of Buddhism an invaluable source for anyone seeking information on Buddhism, from students of religion and related disciplines to practicing Buddhists.
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A dictionary of BuddhismUser Review - Book Verdict
In a useful new reference that will be welcomed by students of Buddhism and general readers alike, Keown (Buddhism, Univ. of London; Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction) addresses all the main traditions of Buddhism with the goal of "recogniz[ing] the relative importance of each rather than allowing any one cultural region to predominate." The alphabetical format presents more than 2000 concise, interesting, and unusually readable entries explaining concepts, texts, terms, doctrines, practices, history, names (deceased scholars as well as classical masters and mythical characters), and Buddhist art and architecture. Embedded in the listings, brief essays cover the major schools (e.g., Hinayana, Mahayana, Zen) and geographic regions (e.g., China, Europe). Reflecting his scholarly interest, Keown (also the author of Contemporary Buddhist Ethics) has included overviews of Buddhist perspectives on contemporary ethical issues ranging from abortion and cloning to stem cell research and suicide. Maps, a pronunciation guide, a guide to Buddhist scriptures, a chronology, and copious cross references are also included. Highly recommended as the best choice for a one-volume dictionary of Buddhism.-James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina Lib., Asheville ...
Review: A Dictionary of BuddhismUser Review - Cat - Goodreads
Getting through this book was a real chore, but it did help me narrow my focus;I now know what subjects in Buddhism I should study. It also gave me a general overview, and taught me just how vast and complex a subject Buddhism is. Read full review