The most student-focused introduction to Buddhism on the market.
Buddhism: A Complete Introduction is a comprehensive and easy-to-use introduction, designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place.
Written by a leading expert, this book will help you if you are studying for an important exam or essay, or if you simply want to improve your knowledge.
It is structured to mirror the way in which Buddhism is usually taught, starting with the life of the Buddha through to the prospects of Buddhism for the next generation.
The book covers all the key areas that are considered central to Buddhism, including the Buddha's teachings, the scriptures and schools, the role of meditation and the moral and ethical context. It uses jargon-free English and includes features such as guided further reading and end of chapter questions to ensure that you understand all the concepts covered.
Buddhism: A Complete Introduction includes:
Chapter 1: Buddhists and Buddhism
Who are Buddhists?
The Three Jewels
The Three Refuges
Chapter 2: The life of the Buddha
The Buddha's significance
The Four Sights
Turning the wheel of the dharma
The growth of the Sangha
Chapter 3: The Buddha's teaching
The first Nobel Truth: all is suffering (dukkha)
The second Noble Truth: the origins of suffering (samudaya)
The third Noble Truth: the cessation of suffering (nirodha)
The fourth Noble Truth: the path to the cessation of suffering (magga)
Chapter 4: Buddhist scriptures and schools
The Theravada Scriptures
The Mahayana Scriptures
Pure Land Buddhism
The Ch'an and Zen Schools
The Tibetan Scriptures
Chapter 5: Meditation and devotion
1 Mind and heart
2 Heart and mind
3 Devotion as homage
4 Salvific devotion
Chapter 6: Ethical conduct
The practicality of buddhist ethics
Working on yourself and others
The precepts and the dharma
Chapter 7: Moral Issues
The natural world
Chapter 8: The social order
Weddings and marriages
Death and dying
Chapter 9: Festivals and ceremonies
Japanese and Chinese festivals
Western Buddhist festivals
Chapter 10: Budhist today: East and West
The spread of Buddhism
Buddhism in India
The revival of Buddhism
Buddhism in South-East Asia
Buddhism in the West