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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Who was the Buddha, and what are his teachings? Includes a section on its confluence with neuroscience. Why does the monastic sangha require intrroduction a rigorous behavioural code ramien opposed to the less difficult guidelines for the laity? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As a result of a string of more or less bitter disappointments, I am very wary of any form of enthusiasm I might experience on the Quest for Meaning front, because they all seem to be followed by a disappointment that is more severe than the short-lived euphoria of enlightenment.

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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

And syort it was a conscious nod on Keown’s part to the patriarchal nature of religions that the default person in this book, as I started to notice in the chapter on meditation, is always a man. That struck me as a literary choice unusually lacking in mindfulness for contemporary non-fiction writing. Academic Skip to main content.


Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. My floundering about could have been spared had I read Keown’s book sooner. However, when it comes to religion or philosophy, I would compare the difference between a scholarly outsider’s look and a practicing “believer’s” perspective akin to the difference between a lifeless corpse and an animated living body.

The Buddha ; 3. Every actor needs props, and the enlightened ones are no exception.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate A very short introduction to Buddhism. Envisioning The Tale of Genji. This Very Short Introduction offers readers a superb overview of the teachings of the Buddha, as well as a succinct guide to the integration of Buddhism into daily life.

Everyone will have to decide for themselves if all the charts and pictures represent money well spent. Very Short Introductions online. What are the distinctive features of Buddhism?

It is a book written from a “Western” perspective, the last paragraph view spoiler [ The Historian Arnold Toynbee described the encounter between Buddhism damen the West as ‘one of the greatest collisions of the twenty-first century’. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and vvery reference library.

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I haven’t dwelt on it here, but needless to say, there’s also some great chapters on the basics of Buddhism: Arts and Humanities Archaeology.


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I’ve been fascinated with Buddhism for years and for years jokingly called myself a Zen Mormon. The Best Books of Since this is a very short introduction to the subject then if your interest is in Korean Buddhism or militant Buddhism and the recent long running civil war in Sri Lanka then you are best advised to look elsewhere.

As ususal with the ‘Short introduction. Earth Sciences and Geography. No trivia or quizzes yet. Other editions – View all Buddhism: What more could inquiring yet impatient minds want?

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Publications Pages Publications Pages. So, this is informative, but it does not teach or inspire. Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? In the chapter on Buddhist ethics there’s an interesting discussion of the fact that Buddhism has mostly existed in feudal societies Tibet was a medieval theocracy until about 70 years ago. 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.

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