The Buddhist Handbook: A Complete Guide to Buddhist Schools, Teaching, Practice, and History

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1991 - Buddhism - 337 pages
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This is the first definitive guide to the complete panorama of Buddhist teaching, practice, schools, and history. One of the fastest growing religions in the world, Buddhism includes with its scope numerous traditions. "The Buddhist Handbook" provides a comprehensive and nonsectarian survey of these traditions and their contemporary exponents throughout the world, providing necessary information for those who wish to explore the various options thoroughly and find one that is suited to their needs. For those already practicing in a particular school of Buddhism, it offers illuminating insight into the teachings of other schools for a more holistic view.
 

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A comprehensive map of Buddhist territory, offering an overview of the core teachings, main traditions, current organizations and important figures. Spelling does a good job of keeping his judgements ... Read full review

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This book offers a comprehensive worldwide cultural and historical view of Buddhism. The initial chapters detail its spread from India into China, Asia, Tibet, Japan, and adjacent areas. Later ... Read full review

Contents

Why Buddhism?
3
The Heart of the Matter
6
The Buddha
9
The Indian Background
11
The Buddha The Early Years
17
The Buddha The Teaching Career
24
The Basic Teachings and Practices
35
The Buddhist World View
37
The Northern Transmission China
121
The Northern Transmission Vietnam and Korea
147
The Northern Transmission Japan
151
The Northern Transmission Tibet
167
The Northern Transmission Mongolia Russia Himalayan Region Nepal and Bhutan
184
Buddhism Comes West
191
Slow Beginnings
193
The Flowering of the Lotus
203

The Basic Teachings and Practices
42
The Development of Buddhism in India
73
Four Councils and Eighteen Schools
75
Mahayana
83
Tantra
93
The Spread of Buddhism
103
The Southern Transmission Sri Lanka Burma Thailand Laos Kampuchea and Indonesia
105
The Northern Transmission The Northwestern Springboard and the Silk Route
116
The North American Connection
234
Buddhism and Psychotherapy
245
Whos Who in Buddhism A Modern Western Perspective
261
Useful Addresses
320
Major Buddhist Festivals
328
Further Reading
331
Index
341
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About the author (1991)

Snelling was a well-known writer and broadcaster specializing in Buddhism, Asian history and travel.

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