Introducing Buddhism is the ideal resource for all students beginning the study of this fascinating religion. Charles S. Prebish and Damien Keown, two of today's leading Buddhist scholars, explain the key teachings of Buddhism, and trace the historical development and spread of the religion from its beginnings down to the present day. A chapter is devoted to each of the major regions where Buddhism has flourished: India, South East Asia, East Asia and Tibet. In addition to this regional focus, the introduction takes contemporary concerns into account, covering important and relevant topics such as Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics and Buddhism and the Western World, as well as a chapter devoted to Meditation.
Introducing Buddhism also includes illustrations, lively quotations from original sources, learning goals, summary boxes, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading, to aid study and revision. The accompanying website to this book can be found at http: //www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415392357.
About the Author:
Charles S. Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at Utah State University. Damien Keown is Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, University of London. They are the editors of the Routledge Curzon series Critical Studies in Buddhism and of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Buddhism.