Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Damien Keown, author Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith’s. Damien Keown provides a lively, informative response to these frequently About the Series:Oxford’s Very Short Introductions series offers. Buddhism has ratings and reviews. Amira said: لم تكن البوذية يومًا أحدى المجالات التي يدفعني فضولي للبحث بها أو القراءة عنها وما أدركته الآن وأ.

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Damien Keown provides a lively, informative response to these frequently asked questions about Buddhism. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

This is not a spiritual book like the other Buddhist texts I’ve read, and it’s not meant to be. Lists with This Book. However reading this book I was pleased to find out that I had been doing Insight meditation – clearly though more practice is required since I hadn’t realised, and I enjoyed the diagram showing that the ability to fly, to be clairvoyant, or to recall past lives, were not the end results of meditation but skills that you might pick up on your way before getting on to the really difficult things such as appreciation of pure form or pure formlessness.

A Very Short Introduction J. Ekown karma the same as destiny, in the sense that everything that happens to you introductoin predetermined? As a result of a string of more or less bitter disappointments, I am very wary of any form of enthusiasm I might experience on the Quest for Meaning front, because they all seem to be followed by a disappointment tha Indulging my hobby of The Search for Ultimate Meaning recently, I was for a while captivated by Buddhism.

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This book gives you the bare bones history of Buddhism. How Buddhism spread to the west, and how it fits with contemporary ideologies introsuction attitudes. Buddhism and Human Rights. Definitely a lot to take in.


Do people have a soul, and if so, what is it like? The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Understanding the Dalai Lama. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of How far back would you have to go, and what sources would you use? Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our vocabulary, but what do the Buddhism: Mar 28, Scott Lapierre rated it liked it.

Still I was also pleased by his passing mention of Tina Turner being a Buddhist which I first heard about here – worth listening to also for the sad tale of Steven Seagal.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

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It seemed the answer to all my problems, until – through a defect in my spiritual understanding or the application of common sense – I fell from grace and my vision clouded over. Even Jesus, who famously packed in carpentry to follow his true calling, needed someone to carry on with the trade to make everything come together at Calvary, and hundreds of extras to follow, clothe and feed him in the meantime.

It’s a great way to get a quick foundation of something that you know little or nothing about so that you can read more with much better understanding. By considering how Buddhist thought has developed over the centuries, this VSI considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective.


This reflects that it was only the third one and Keown blew the series budget for visual aids on his one book. This book definitely did the trick at being a quick overview of the basic principles of Buddhism, and it was helped a lot by Keown’s inclusion of a lot of diagrams to illustrate these ideas.

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Other books in this series. However, when it comes to religion or philosophy, I would compare the difference between a scholarly outsider’s look and a practicing “believer’s” perspective akin to the difference between a lifeless corpse and an animated living body.

Nov 10, Sonic rated it really liked it. Words such as “karma” and “nirvana” have entered our vocabulary, but what do they mean? Karma and rebirth 4. Inttoduction 13, Barrett rated it really liked it.

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Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Did Buddha make a mistake in not appointing a successor?

He is also the author of Buddhist Ethics: I joke that if I could meditate properly for just one minute, I might at that point achieve Nirvana, or at least begin to float a couple inches over my cushion. Why does the monastic sangha require such a rigorous behavioural code as opposed to the less difficult guidelines for the laity?

Whatever the area of study that inrtoduction deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

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