Unmasking Buddhism

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 13, 2011 - Religion - 168 pages
An ideal introduction to Buddhism for anyone who has unanswered questions about one of the world's largest and most popular religions.
  • A fascinating, short book that challenges us to strip away existing preconceptions we may have about Buddhism
  • Considers questions such as: Can we talk of Buddhism as a unified religion or are there many Buddhisms? Is Buddhism a religion of tolerance and pacifism as many people think? And is Buddhism a religion without god(s), or is it more of a philosophy than a religion?
  • Traces the basic history, beliefs and nature of Buddhism in easy-to-understand language
  • Written by renowned Buddhist scholar, Bernard Faure, it is an ideal introduction for anyone who has unanswered questions about one of the world's largest and most popular religions
 

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Contents

Introduction
Buddhism and Local Cultures
Buddhism and Society
Copyright

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Bernard Faure is Kao Professor in Japanese Religion at Columbia University. He has published a number of books in French and English, including: The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism (1991); Chan Insights and Oversights: An Epistemological Critique of the Chan Tradition (1993); Visions of Power: Imagining Medieval Japanese Buddhism (1996); The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality (1998); The Power of Denial: Buddhism, Purity, and Gender (2003); and Double Exposure (2004). He is presently working on a book on Japanese Gods and Demons.

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