By Damien Keown
This Very brief creation deals readers an excellent evaluate of the lessons of the Buddha, in addition to a succinct advisor to the mixing of Buddhism into everyday life. What are the certain positive factors of Buddhism? Who was once the Buddha, and what are his teachings? phrases equivalent to "karma" and "nirvana" have entered our vocabulary, yet what do they suggest? Damien Keown presents a full of life, informative reaction to those commonly asked questions about Buddhism. As he sheds mild into how Buddhist notion built over the centuries, Keown additionally highlights how modern dilemmas could be confronted from a Buddhist point of view.
In the second one variation Keown presents new views on Buddhist idea, together with updated fabric concerning the evolution of Buddhism all through Asia, the fabric tradition of Buddhism and its value, new teachings at the ethics of warfare and peace, and alterations to ethnicity, category, and gender.
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