Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Damien Keown, author Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith’s. Damien Keown provides a lively, informative response to these frequently About the Series:Oxford’s Very Short Introductions series offers. Buddhism has ratings and reviews. Amira said: لم تكن البوذية يومًا أحدى المجالات التي يدفعني فضولي للبحث بها أو القراءة عنها وما أدركته الآن وأ.

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I learnt a little about the different branches of Buddhism.

What or who is the Buddha, and what are his teachings? It is a book written from a “Western” perspective, the last paragraph view spoiler [ The Historian Arnold Bucdhism described the encounter between Buddhism and the West as ‘one of the greatest collisions of the twenty-first century’.

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A more simple, austere Buddhism it places emphasis on acheiving enlightenment as a personal responsibility and sticking to the original words of the Buddha. A very basic overview of key concepts and terms in Buddhism is also provided throughout.

Not a devotional book. An Introduction to Buddhism. This book definitely did the trick at being a quick overview of the basic principles of Buddhism, and it was helped a lot by Keown’s inclusion of a lot of diagrams to illustrate these ideas. To ask other readers questions about Buddhismplease sign up. Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our vocabulary, but what do they mean? To this confluence of cultures Buddhism brings a sophisticated psychology, techniques of meditation, a profound metaphysics, and a universally admired code of ethics.

History of Science and Technology. Keown is also cautiously aware that his reader is most likely to be Westerner unfamiliar with Buddhism except as practised by western hippies. Baqer Al-Meshqab rated it liked it Shelves: How Buddhism spread to the west, and how it fits with contemporary ideologies and attitudes.


By considering how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, Keown considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective.

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One renowned master up-ended his drinking cup every night before retiring to bed, and when his faithful disciples dutifully asked why he did so answered that he might die that night and have no further need of it. In Asia, Buddhism is not known as Buddhism exactly, more usually it’s something like the teac This is pretty much a perfect introduction to Buddhism.

Includes a section on its confluence with neuroscience. Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our krown, but what do the Buddhism: Pilate, according to the eventual winners, was a rough, sadistic brute without an iota of culture in him.

This met my expectations! Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm xamien make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. The development of one major branch of Buddhism, Mahayana.

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Other editions – View all Buddhism: Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative–yet always balanced and complete–discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Gurus of Modern Yoga.

A Very Short Introduction Damien Keown Very Short Introductions Remains one of the most accessible introductions to Buddhism Introduces the teachings of the Buddha and the integration of Buddhism into daily life Looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism and how it differs to other religions Examines how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, including the contemporary spread in to Asia Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series–over five million copies sold worldwide New to this Edition: The Spread of Buddhism.


Pilate also has the best line in the book: The spread of Buddhism in Asia 7. Very Short Introduction Samir Okasha. If the Noble Eightfold Path leads to nirvana, why is shot not mentioned anywhere in it?

I do, however, follow many secular Buddhist practices and read severa ” The Four Noble Truths 5. Understanding the Dalai Lama.

My floundering about could have been spared had I read Keown’s book sooner. Other books in this series. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

Jan 06, Nick Imrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable. I do, however, follow many secular Buddhist practices and read several books on Buddhism every year. How far back would you have to go, and what sources would you use?

In this new edition Keown provides new perspectives on Buddhist thought, including up-to-date material about the evolution of Buddhism throughout Asia, the material culture of Buddhism and its importance, new teachings on the ethics of war and peace, and changes to ethnicity, class, and gender.