A Concise History of Buddhism

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Windhorse Publications, 1997 - Philosophy - 263 pages
An ideal introduction to the history of Buddhism. Andrew Skilton - a writer on and practitioner of Buddhism - explains the development of the basic concepts of Buddhism during its 2,500 years of history and describes its varied developments in India, Buddhism's homeland, as well as its spread across Asia, from Mongolia to Sri Lanka and from Japan to the Middle East. A fascinating insight into the historical progress of one of the world's great religions.

"..an excellent synopsis of current scholarship..."--Alan Sponberg, Professor of Asian Philosophy and Religion, University of Montana
 

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Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
1
THE PRONUNCXATION OF SANSKRIT
3
PREFACE
5
BUDDHISM IN INDIA
11
THE ANCIENT INDIAN CONTEXT
13
THE BUDDHA
19
THE BUDDHAS TEACHING
25
THE PATH TO AWAKENING
33
THE NEW SPIRITUAL IDEAL
109
THE MADHYAMAKA
115
THE YOGACARA
121
THE TATHAGATAGARBHA DOCTRINE
131
THE TANTRA AND VAJRAYANA BUDDHISM
135
THE END OF BUDDHISM IN INDIA
143
BUDDHISM IN SRI LANKA
149
BUDDHISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
155

THE EARLY SANGHA
39
THE COUNCILS
45
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SANGHA
51
THE BUDDHIST SCHOOLS
59
THE TRIPITAKA
73
THE AEHIDHARMA as 11 ORIGINS OF THE MAHAYANA
93
THE MAHAYANA SUTRAS
99
BUDDHISM IN CENTRAL ASIA AND KASHMIR
161
BUDDHISM IN KOREA
175
BUDDHISM IN TIBET
183
BUDDHISM IN MONGOLIA
193
BUDDHISM IN PERSIA
199
Maps
264
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