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Buddhism : a concise introduction

Author: Huston Smith; Philip Novak
Publisher: New York : HarperSanFrancisco, ©2003.
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Smith and Novak cover the essential teachings, practices, and historical development of Buddhism in all its rich variety. Beginning with the life and legend of the Buddha, Buddhism explores core Buddhist doctrines such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, nirvana, and emptiness. The authors go on to discuss the split between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, the continued divisions of Mahayana into Pure  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Huston Smith; Philip Novak
ISBN: 0060506962 9780060506964
OCLC Number: 51973917
Description: xiii, 242 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Acknowledgments --
Part I : Wheel of the Dharma --
Man who woke up ; Silent sage ; Rebel saint ; Four noble truths ; Eightfold path ; Other core Buddhist concepts : nirvana, anatta, the three marks of existence, dependent arising, and emptiness ; Theravada and Mahayana : the great divide ; Vipassana : the Theravadin way of insight ; Zen Buddhism : the secret of the flower ; Tibetan Buddhism : the diamond thunderbolt ; Image of the crossing ; Confluence of Buddhism and Hinduism in India --
Part II : Wheel rolls West --
New migration ; America the Buddha full ; Adaptations : the new Buddhism ; America starts meditating I : the ways of Zen ; America starts meditating II : Tibetan Buddhism in exile ; America starts meditating III : Vipassana movement --
Afterword : Flowering of faith : Buddhism's pure land tradition.
Responsibility: Huston Smith and Philip Novak.
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Smith and Novak cover the essential teachings, practices, and historical development of Buddhism in all its rich variety. Beginning with the life and legend of the Buddha, Buddhism explores core Buddhist doctrines such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, nirvana, and emptiness. The authors go on to discuss the split between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, the continued divisions of Mahayana into Pure Land, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism, and the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism in India. The second half of the book follows the global migration of Buddhism and its continuing diversification and development in the West, especially in America.

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