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Author Harvey, Peter (Brian Peter)

Title An introduction to Buddhism : teachings, history, and practices / Peter Harvey
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990


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Description xxii, 374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents The Buddha and his Indian context -- Early Buddhist teachings: rebirth and karma -- Early developments in Buddhism -- Mahāyāna philosophy -- Mahāyāna holy beings -- The later history and spread of Buddhism -- Buddhist practice: devotion -- Buddhist practice: ethics -- Buddhist practice: the Sangha -- Buddhist practice: meditation and the development of wisdom -- The modern history of Buddhism in Asia -- Buddhism beyond Asia -- Appendix on canons of scriptures
Summary 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 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. --From publisher's description
Analysis Buddhism
Notes Includes indexes
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 326-343
Subject Buddha (The concept)
LC no. 89007317
ISBN 0521308151 (hard covers)
0521313333 (paperback)