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Introduction to Buddhism, 2nd ed (Peter Harvey) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2013) 9780521859424
Introduction to Buddhism, 2nd ed (Peter Harvey) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2013) 9780521859424
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Title: An Introduction to Buddhism, 2nd ed

Author: Harvey, Peter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2013

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521859424

Edition: 2nd Volumes: 1; Pages: 547

List Price in Cloth: $99.00 Our price: $89.99

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In this new edition of the best-selling Introduction to Buddhism, Peter Harvey provides a comprehensive introduction to the development of the Buddhist tradition in both Asia and the West. Extensively revised and fully updated, this new edition draws on recent scholarship in the field, exploring the tensions and continuities between the different forms of Buddhism. Harvey critiques and corrects some common misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key concepts that have often been over-simplified and over-generalised. The volume includes detailed references to scriptures and secondary literature, an updated bibliography, and a section on web resources. Key terms are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan words are transliterated in the most easily pronounceable form, making this is a truly accessible account. This is an ideal coursebook for students of religion, Asian philosophy and Asian studies, and is also a useful reference for readers wanting an overview of Buddhism and its beliefs.Table of ContentsIntroduction1. The Buddha and his Indian context2. Early Buddhist teachings: rebirth and karma3. Early Buddhist teachings: the four true realities for the spiritually ennobled4. Early developments in Buddhism5. Mahayana philosophies: the varieties of emptiness6. Mahayana holy beings, and Tantric Buddhism7. The later history and spread of Buddhism8. Buddhist practice: devotion9. Buddhist practice: ethics10. Buddhist practice: the Sangha11. Buddhist practice: meditation and cultivation of experience-based wisdom12. The modern history of Buddhism in Asia13. Buddhism beyond AsiaAppendix on canons of scripturesWeb resourcesBibliographyIndex
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