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Covering all aspects of this fascinating faith, from the teachings of the Buddha to the practicalities of pursuing a Buddhist way of life, Buddhism - an Introduction is an informative and accessible introduction to this major world religion. Learn about the origins of Buddhism, its place in society today and the challenges it faces for the future.
Buddhism: An Introduction includes:
Chapter 1: Buddhists and Buddhism
Who are Buddhists?
The Three Jewels
The Three Refuges
Chapter 2: The life of the Buddha
The Buddha's significance
The Four Sights
Turning the wheel of the dharma
The growth of the Sangha
Chapter 3: The Buddha's teaching
The first Nobel Truth: all is suffering (dukkha)
The second Noble Truth: the origins of suffering (samudaya)
The third Noble Truth: the cessation of suffering (nirodha)
The fourth Noble Truth: the path to the cessation of suffering (magga)
Chapter 4: Buddhist scriptures and schools
The Theravada Scriptures
The Mahayana Scriptures
Pure Land Buddhism
The Ch'an and Zen Schools
The Tibetan Scriptures
Chapter 5: Meditation and devotion
1 Mind and heart
2 Heart and mind
3 Devotion as homage
4 Salvific devotion
Chapter 6: Ethical conduct
The practicality of buddhist ethics
Working on yourself and others
The precepts and the dharma
Chapter 7: Moral Issues
The natural world
Chapter 8: The social order
Weddings and marriages
Death and dying
Chapter 9: Festivals and ceremonies
Japanese and Chinese festivals
Western Buddhist festivals
Chapter 10: Budhist today: East and West
The spread of Buddhism
Buddhism in India
The revival of Buddhism
Buddhism in South-East Asia
Buddhism in the West
Chapter 11: Transition, adaptation and influence: prospects for Buddhism in the twenty-first century
Into the twenty-first century
Views from the West
Transmitting Buddhism to a new generation
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Clive Erricker is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester and the Hampshire County Inspector for Religious Eduation. A specialist in world religions, especially Buddhism, Clive has been teaching Religious Studies for over 30 years.