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The Buddhist handbook : a complete guide to Buddhist schools, teaching, practice, and history

Author: John Snelling
Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Rev. and updated ed.]View all editions and formats
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Completely revised and updated, The Buddhist Handbook is the definitive guide to the world of Buddhist teaching, practice, schools, and history. A comprehensive and unbiased survey of Buddhism's many traditions and their contemporary exponents throughout the world, The Buddhist Handbook provides essential information for those who wish to explore the various traditions thoroughly and find the one best suited to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Snelling
ISBN: 0892817615 9780892817610 9781439503829 1439503826
OCLC Number: 51923743
Description: 345 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1: Prologue. Why Buddhism? ; The heart of the matter. --
Part 2: The Buddha. The Indian background ; The Buddha: the early years ; The Buddha: the teaching career. --
Part 3: The basic teachings and practices. The Buddhist world view ; The basic teachings and practices. --
Part 4: The development of Buddhism in India. Four councils and eighteen schools ; Mahayana ; Tantra. --
Part 5: The spread of Buddhism. The Southern transmission: Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, and Indonesia ; The Northern transmission: The Northwestern springboard and the Silk Road ; The Northern transmission: China ; The Northern transmission: Vietnam and Korea ; The Northern transmission: Japan ; The Northern transmission: Tibet ; The Northern transmission: Mongolia, Russia, Himalayan region, Nepal, and Bhutan. --
Part 6: Buddhism comes West. Slow beginnings ; The flowing of the lotus ; The North American connection ; Buddhism and psychotherapy. --
Appendix I: Who's who in Buddhism: a modern Western perspective. --
Appendix II: Useful addresses. --
Appendix III: Major Buddhist festivals. --
Appendix IV: Further reading.
Responsibility: John Snelling.

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Completely revised and updated, The Buddhist Handbook is the definitive guide to the world of Buddhist teaching, practice, schools, and history. A comprehensive and unbiased survey of Buddhism's many traditions and their contemporary exponents throughout the world, The Buddhist Handbook provides essential information for those who wish to explore the various traditions thoroughly and find the one best suited to their needs. For those already practicing in a particular school of Buddhism, it offers illuminating insight into the teachings of other schools, as well as a Who's Who of contemporary teachers, writers, and practitioners. - Back cover.

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