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This historical introduction to Buddhism presents students with an engaging exploration of the diversity of thoughts and practices of a wide segment of followers of the Buddha. It covers five main aspects of Buddhism: ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, practice, and institutional history.
- An updated treatment of Mahayana Buddhism in India reflects the latest scholarship in this area of study.
- A new section on Avadana literature in India introduces students to this crucial set of Buddhist texts.
- Reorganization of early chapters makes the text more readable for students.
- The text now draws from a greater variety of sources to give a more balanced picture of Buddhism today.
- The book is extensively cross-referenced to THE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISM: SOURCES AND INTERPRETATIONS, by John Strong (also published by Wadsworth). The books can be used independently or as a set.
- A map of regions where Buddhism is largely practiced assists students in gaining an important geographical perspective.
Map: The World of Buddhism.
Buddhism in India.
1. The Buddha's Awakening.
2. The Buddha as Teacher and Power Figure.
3. The Development of Early Indian Buddhism.
4. The Period of the Three Vehicles.
5. Early Medieval Indian Buddhism.
6. Late Medieval Indian Buddhism.
7. Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
8. Buddhism in Central Asia and China.
9. Buddhism in Korea and Vietnam.
10. Buddhism in Japan.
11. Buddhism in the Tibetan Cultural Area.
12. Buddhism Comes West.
An Overview of the Buddhist Scriptures.
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