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A Short History of Buddhism

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This authoritative guide provides a compact summary of the development of the Buddhist tradition, from the time of the Buddha to the twentieth-century exile of the Dalai Lama.
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published December 1st 1980 by Allen & Unwin Australia (first published 1980)
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Gary
This is a very short history indeed. 2500 years in 125 pages. I need to read more about Buddhism in China during the Tang dynasty I think.

Although the cultural background and social conditions of the China of the Tang differed in almost every way from those of the India of Buddha Sakyamuni, rarely have Buddhists at any time come as near to the spirit of their founder as the great masters of the Ch'an school. p 84

I can't help querying if it would be correct to say, as the author states in the se...more
Zachary Moore
This book provides a very concise and sweeping introduction to the history and development of Buddhism, with primary focus on India and China. The book's strongest asset is its sweeping reach from the beginnings of the religion to the present and throughout numerous countries and historical periods. However, I feel that the work would have been stronger had some of the material been condensed or if the size of the book had been expanded (it is only around 150 pages)as the casual reader such as m...more
Steven Shane
This brief history is full of details. Specific schools are named and described. The history is comprehensive geographically and chronologically. Conze also elegantly describes the changing social relations and theological differences.
Fatih
Pengetahuan sejarah singkat mengenai agama Buddha. Sebuah buku pengantar untuk memulai mempelajari sejarah agama Buddha dan perkembangannya.
Yupa
Introduzioncina di servizio, senza infamia né lode, anche se un po' confusa o troppo concisa.
Leo
Very concise and chock full of information in small volume.
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Eberhart Julius Dietrich Conze, who published as Edward Conze, studied Indian and comparative philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Hamburg. He later lectured in psychology, philosophy, and comparative religion at Oxford, held a number of academic appointments, and served as Vice-President of the Buddhist Society.
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