An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices

  title={An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices},
  author={Peter Francis Harvey},
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the Buddhist tradition as it has developed in three major cultural areas in Asia, and also developed in the West. It is intended to be a textbook for students of religious and Asian studies respectively, but will also be of interest to those who want a general survey of Buddhism and its beliefs. Unlike many other general books about Buddhism, it not only explores Buddhist beliefs, but also seeks to show as a set of practices. It thus includes… 
Building Buddhism in England: The Flourishing of a Minority Faith Heritage
Abstract From the earliest days of Buddhism in Britain, individuals and communities have sought out buildings to provide locations where they might practise and teach Buddhism. In this paper, we
Jung's Affinity for Buddhism: Misunderstandings and Clarifications
Much of the West's understanding of Jung's thinking about Buddhism comes from reading his essays on Tibetan and Zen Buddhism, in which his commentary focuses upon particular doctrinal teachings of
An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy: Index
In this clear and accessible book, Stephen Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts, focusing on the philosophical ideas and arguments presented and defended by
Chinese Buddhism in the United States
The connection between a religion and a culture is significant. A religion can have an impact on a surrounding culture while a culture can also transform a religion into a style to suit local needs.
Could the Buddha Have Been a Naturalist?
With the naturalist worldview having become widely accepted, the trend of naturalistic Buddhism has likewise become popular in both academic and religious circles. In this article, I preliminarily
Scriptural Authority: A Buddhist Perspective
As other papers in this volume have already noted, there is a crisis of authority in modern religion, particularly in the West. One defining characteristic of modernity is a deep sense of rupture
Leaving Buddhism
Leaving Buddhism is a theme seldom addressed in Buddhist studies. Buddhism is generally perceived as a tolerant religion and followers are encouraged to scrutinise the Buddhist teachings and are free
Buddhist Nuns: Between Past and Present
One of the most debated issues in present-day Buddhism is the question of access of women to a full ordination as a nun (bhikuī). Of the three extant ordination traditions — Dharmaguptaka, Theravāda
Moral Practice in Late Stoicism and Buddhist Meditation
I argue in this essay that Stoic philosophers in the late Greco-Roman period utilized philosophical exercises and spiritual technologies similar in form to a meditative exercise currently practiced
The Buddha and the numen : postmodern spirituality and the problem of transcendence in Buddhism
The Western world has seen a significant shift in the epistemic values of spiritual seekers in the past quarter of a century; many have referred to the new epistemic approach as postmodern


Buddhism and Society: A Great Tradition and Its Burmese Vicissitudes
The current Western interest in Buddhism and other Eastern religions is - among other reasons - both the result of and the stimulation for an entire library of books purporting to bring the Wisdom of
The Nature Of Buddhist Ethics
In this book the author considers data from both early and later schools of Buddhism in an attempt to provide an overall characterization of the structure of Buddhist ethics. The importance of ethics
The Life of Buddha as Legend and History
DR. THOMAS makes a first-hand contribution to the subject, based on a wealth of new material; while at the same time he gives to the layman a fascinating biography of a personality mysterious and
The Several Bodies of Buddha: Reflections on a Neglected Aspect of Theravada Tradition
There is no dearth of scholarship concerning the various conceptions of the bodies of the Buddha which have developed within the history of Buddhist symbolization and thought. Excellent studies have
The Consecration of a Buddhist Image
Sinhalese Buddhists state that their religion was founded by the Buddha, who was a human being and is now dead. Cognitively this position is held by every Buddhist from the most learned monk to the
Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
Originating in India, M 3 h 0 ayana Buddhism spread to Central Asia, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Japan and other countries of East Asia. In Tibet and East Asia, M 3 h 0 yana eventually became the
The Buddhist conquest of China
"The reprinting in 2007 of a book originally produced nearly fifty years earlier (and based on a doctoral dissertation begun in the early 1950s) is not merely a publishing event. It constitutes a
Comparative Religion: A History
This book is now firmly established as the standard treatment of its subject. The history of comparative religion is traced in detail from its beginnings in the nineteenth century, in the work of
Buddhism and the mythology of evil : a study in Theravāda Buddhism
Popular mythologies of evil: popular demonology in ancient India measures of dealing with the demonic popular demonology in Ceylon, Burma and Thailand the Asura-mythology the attitude to life