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An eminently readable, complete summary of all the essentials of Buddhist teaching and practice, Buddhism Explained is useful both for those wanting an understandable introduction to the subject and experts wishing a comprehensive but brief reference. It covers topics as diverse as meditation methods, the daily life of Buddhist monks, and the meaning of profound concepts ...more
Published June 1st 1999 by Silkworm Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Mar 27, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
I knew very little about Buddhism beforehand so have little to compare to but thought this was a good intro to the religion and provides a lot of context / background that goes a long ways towards explaining the cultures of predominantly Buddhist countries (primarily in SE Asia).

My single biggest takeaway was an appreciation for how Buddhism is very different from most other religions (at least from Christianity, Judiasm and Islam) in that it is not a set of beliefs that followers adhere to but
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May 25, 2013 Babak Fakhamzadeh rated it liked it
Shelves: history, reference
Interesting bits:

+ Buddhists have faith in "the triple gem", the Buddha, the Dhamma (learnings and teachings) and the Sangha (the "noble order of enlightened followers").
+ The three types of offerings, candles, incense and lotus flowers, represent enlightenment, pervasive virtue and the transience of life. However, an alternative reading is of these three offerings symbolizing the triple gem.
+ "Buddha" is a title. The revered Buddha Gotama was only the most recent individual to reach that sta
Dec 30, 2011 Leah rated it it was ok
Although packed with good information, this book was either not edited or not edited well. Tons of glaring typos. Also, I found it tough to get through due to the wording.
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Laurence Mills started publishing translations of the Buddhist sutras and teachings as a Theravada monk under the names Phra Khantipālo and Khantipālo Bhikkhu before disrobing in 1991. He has since returned to his birth name, often publishing with his monastic name included, and has moved to Queensland, Australia.
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