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Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions

By (author) Damien Keown
Genres: Buddhism
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 28th Feb 2013
Dimensions: w 114mm h 174mm d 11mm
Weight: 139g
ISBN-10: 0199663831
ISBN-13: 9780199663835
Barcode No: 9780199663835
Synopsis
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. Damien Keown looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were. By considering how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, Keown considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective. In this new edition Keown provides new perspectives on Buddhist thought, including up-to-date material about the evolution of Buddhism throughout Asia, the material culture of Buddhism and its importance, new teachings on the ethics of war and peace, and changes to ethnicity, class, and gender. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Keown's skill in explaining complex ideas and the book's clarity of structure and style ensure that it will retain the respect of scholars and students. In short, the book is a very worthwhile read. * Naomi Appleton, The Expository Times *