This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to Damien Keown’s book provides a lively, informative response to these. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Damien Keown, author Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith’s. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Even Jesus, who famously packed in carpentry to follow his true calling, needed someone to carry on with the trade to make everything come together at Calvary, and hundreds of extras to follow, clothe and feed him in the meantime.

This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the integration of Buddhism into daily life. For complex cultural and historical reasons, ethics has not received as much attention in traditional Buddhist thought as it has in the West, and publications on the subject are few and far between.

Damien Keown looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were. An Introduction to Buddhism. This title met my expectations for an introduction to Buddhism. Siddhartha Gautama, related myths and religious career.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction – Damien Keown – Oxford University Press

Envisioning The Tale of Genji. Baqer Al-Meshqab rated it liked it Shelves: Public Health and Epidemiology. His entire academic career has been devoted to research in Buddhist ethics, and he has been teaching the subject for over 20 years. This is pretty much a perfect introduction to Buddhism. Pilate also has the best line in the book: Library had it on the shelf.


So, this is informative, but it does not teach or inspire, Is art important in religion, and if so, why? The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law. Please review your cart. There are all sorts of reasons promulgated dxmien the various creeds regarding this state, of course, and indeed any self-respecting religion has built-in safeguards against potential lapsers.

Unfortunately it just took me a long sort to read this because it was very academic, and that wasn’t what I was really looking for at this moment. It’s really not a monolith – there are different interpretations of Buddha’s teachings, and each country has its own native religions and philosophies which are often integrated with one or another Buddhist sect, so you end up with lots of different ways of practising; in Japan they have a saying: Tibetan Rituals of Death.

The Four Noble Truths 5. It focuses on Buddhism’s history more than providing much examination of Buddhist principles and beliefs.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Mahayana also has a much more complicated cosmology and ‘Buddhology’ with theories about Buddha having three bodies in three different dimensions, a prophecy of a second Buddha, Maitreya, who veryy usher in a utopia, and lots of new and inspired scriptures which of course means a lot of different sects and even a few messianic cults.


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Just what I was looking for. Oct 24, S. As a result of a string of more or less bitter disappointments, I am very wary of any form of enthusiasm I might experience on the Quest for Meaning front, because they all seem to be followed by a disappointment that is more severe than the budddhism euphoria of enlightenment.

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