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Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism

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Edition revised by Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy:
The Life of the Buddha
The Gospel of Early Buddhism
Contemporary Systems
The Mahayana
Buddhist Art
Paperback, 370 pages
Published 1964 by Harper & Row Publishers (NY) (first published 1916)
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Erik Graff
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Richard A. Hyde
Shelves: religion
During high school my friend Richard and I decided to read some books not in the curriculum and then discuss them. Coomaraswamy's Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism was one of his suggestions. Beyond some brief treatment of Buddhism in our freshman History of Civilization classes this was the first time I'd studied the subject.

It was a good choice. Despite my ignorance, Coomaraswamy was easy to follow and, better still, made Buddhism seem quite reasonable. Indeed, ever since I've had a prejudice
Erik Graff
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in Eastern religions
Recommended to Erik by: Richard A. Hyde
Shelves: literature
This book was given me by a high school friend along with two others as part of a deal that we would read the same books for a while in order to discuss them. It was probably the first serious study I had made of Buddhism beyond the coverage given the subject in the freshman World Cultures course in high school.

As an introduction, Coomaraswamy is a fine communicator of Eastern traditions to the Western mind. Born in Sri Lanka to an Englishwoman and an Indian philosopher, he earned his degrees in
Walter Straus
Lots of good ideas to learn about Buddhism, but there are lots of parts that have to be skimmed in order to get to the meat of the book.
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Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an early interpreter of Indian culture to the West. In particular, he is described as "the groundbreaking theorist who was largely responsible for introducing ancient Indian art to the West." (Wikipedia)
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