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Penguin Books, 1962 - Religion - 256 pages
Born in India in the sixth century B.C., it became the religion of Ceylon, Siam, Burma and Cambodia, which adhere to the older or Southern School, while the developed Mahayana School is found in various forms in Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Japan. Buddhism includes the most exalted philosophy yet achieved by man, a psychology from which the West is slowly beginning to learn, a religion which has satisfied millions for 2,500 years, a Middle Way of self-development to self-enlightenment and a range and depth of spiritual science, mysticism and religious art which cannot be found elsewhere.An acknowledged expert during his lifetime, Christmas Humphreys outlines and introduces the many strands of this religion-philosophy in his fascinating and now famous book.

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This little book gives an overview of Buddhism from its beginning until the late 1940s when the book was written. Buddhism is much more complex and varied than I had expected and this book is a good ... Read full review

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A classic introduction to Buddhism, and a quite useful, very British dharma. Read full review

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About the author (1962)

Christmas Humphreys was the founder of the Buddhist Society, London. Stephen Hodge has published 12 books on Buddhism, philosphy and oriental languages.

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