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Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism

Buddhism is the fifth largest world belief system in the world today, with an estimated 350 million adherents. This richly illustrated book introduces and explains Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, from its very beginnings to the present time.

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ISBN 9780754818991
Published 1 July 2009 by Anness Publishing
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Harris, Ian
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ISBN-13 9780754818991
ISBN-10 0754818993
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Anness Publishing
Imprint Lorenz Books
Publication Date 1 July 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Harris, Ian
Category Reference Works
Buddhism
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 241mm
Height: 316mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 1,657g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Buddhism
NBS Text Non-Christian Religions
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 294.303
Catalogue Code 164142

Description of this Book

Buddhism is the fifth largest belief system in the world today, with an estimated 350 million adherents. This richly illustrated book introduces and explains Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, from its very beginnings to the present time. The first two chapters of the book deal with the life of the Buddha and his teachings, and Buddhist texts, traditions and ideas are discussed. The relevant doctrines and principles are explained in detail, such as the Four Noble Truths, karma, samsara, nirvana, and the Noble Eightfold Path, as well as the Buddhist understanding of compassion, tolerance, non-violence and healing. The third chapter covers the gradual spread of Buddhism and the interpretation of Buddhist scriptures over time. The fourth chapter deals with the practice of Buddhism today, country by country, around the world. The final chapter discusses the major Buddhist schools and the key masters and interpreters within these schools, such as Theravada, Zen, Pure Land and Nichiren. Each section is beautifully illustrated by Buddhist paintings, statues and archaeological finds, as well as contemporary images of festivals and ritual. Buddhist architecture is shown and explained, alongside pictures of important temples and pilgrimage sites.

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Author's Bio

Ian Harris is Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Division of Religion and Philosophy. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Lancaster and is the author of The Continuity of Madhyamaka and Yogacara in Early Indian Mahayana Buddhism (1991), Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice (2005) and editor of Buddhism and Politics in Twentieth Century Asia (1999)and Buddhism, Politics and Power (2006). He is co-founder of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies and has written widely on aspects of Buddhist ethics and politics. He was Senior Scholar at the Becket Institute, St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford (2001-04) and is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Documentation Centre of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

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