A clear, well written, and informative account of Buddhism's history, and the basic concerns of Buddhists. Many surveys of Buddhism are unsuccessful because they either cater exclusively to specialists, or condescend to the general reader by presenting Buddhism as a kind of self-help alternative. Lopez presents Buddhism as a religion with a history, to which ordinary people have turned for the means to confront, control or even escape the exigencies of life. The emphasis is on actual lived practice, and the book is full of Buddhist stories: sometimes miraculous, sometimes humourous. Chapter include: The Universe; The Buddha; The Dharma (Buddhist doctrine); Monastic Life; Lay Practice; Enlightenment.
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Donald S. Lopez is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. He has published many books on various aspects of Buddhism, and is one of the best-known experts on the subject.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140275835