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Buddhist Religion: A Historical Introduction

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  1 review
The most comprehensive, insightful, and up-to-date introduction to Buddhism available, this text traces the religion of Awakening from its origins to its spread throughout Asia and the world. Combining historical narrative with contextual analysis in a clear and engaging style, the authors present a full and balanced portrait of the Buddhist religion in terms of ritual, de ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published September 23rd 1996 by Wadsworth Publishing Company
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Michael Alexander
I ran across this accidentally in the library while picking up a couple of "Perfection of Wisdom" sutras for fun and profit. I guess this is what happens when I finally recover from reading the entire King James on my cell phone--I read the Diamond Sutra and think of how that must have looked in a culture that already had Zhuangzi and end up down an autodidactic rabbit hole. Does exactly what it's supposed to do, which is provide loads of familiarity with the vocab and the ideas and practices of ...more
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