Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 24, 2000 - Religion - 160 pages
28 Reviews
This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the integration of Buddhism into daily life. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism? Who was the Buddha, and what are his teachings? How has Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, and how can contemporary dilemmas be faced from a Buddhist perspective? Words such as 'karma' and 'nirvana' have entered our vocabulary, but what do they mean? Damien Keown's book provides a lively,informative response to these frequently asked questions about Buddhism.

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Review: Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #3)

User Review  - Rob - Goodreads

Not a devotional book. It delivers what it promises in 9 chapters: An introduction to Buddhism(s) for the layman. Objective, historical, recommended. 1. Buddhism and Elephants. Introduction. Caveat ... Read full review

Review: Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #3)

User Review  - Adam O'leary - Goodreads

A thorough yet brief introduction to the basics of Buddhism, I just wished it could have been a bit longer so it could go in to more detail! But then it wouldn't have been a very short introduction... Read full review

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Damien Keown is Reader in Buddhism at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His books on Buddhism include Dictionary of Buddhism and Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. He is also Editor of The Journal of Buddhist Ethics and Co-Editor of The Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism series.

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