An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices

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Cambridge University Press, May 25, 1990 - Religion - 374 pages
This book is a comprehensive introduction to Buddhist tradition as it has developed in three major cultural areas in Asia, and to Buddhism as it is now developing in the West. It is intended to be a textbook for students of religious and Asian studies, but it will also be of interest to those who want a general survey of Buddhism and its beliefs. Unlike many other general books about Buddhism, it not only explores the world views of the religion but also attempts to show how Buddhism functions as a set of practices. It thus includes chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are related to Buddhist teachings and historical developments. Emphasizing as it does the diversity found within different Buddhist traditions, the book aims throughout to underline common threads of belief, practice and historical continuities which unify the Buddhist world. Dr. Harvey answers questions that are often asked by people on first meeting the tradition, and in his section on Nirvana offers a novel interpretation of this ultimate, transcendent mystery.
 

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An excellent introduction including more than the bare minimum. Harvey pays attention to important linguistic points which other introductions often skip over and explains the history and major philosophical elements of Buddhism well. Read full review

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User Review  - refuge - LibraryThing

The more introductory books I read on Buddhism, the more I come to appreciate this one. It is very well written and makes a very complex subject matter easy to understand. If I had to choose just one introduction to Buddhism, this would be it. Read full review

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Page 340 - The Light of Asia ; or, The Great Renunciation. Being the Life and Teaching of Gautama, Prince of India and Founder of Buddhism.
Page xix - Aspirated consonants (kh, gh, ch, jh, th, dh, th, dh, ph, bh) are accompanied by a strong breath-pulse from the chest, as when uttering English consonants very emphatically. For example : ch is like ch-h in 'church-hall' th is like th in 'hot-house' ph is like ph in 'cup-handle' When aspirated consonants occur as part of a consonant cluster, the aspiration comes at the end of the cluster. (vi) c is like ch in 'choose'.

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