9780192854537

Buddha: A Very Short Introduction

  • ISBN 13:

    9780192854537

  • ISBN 10:

    0192854534

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 06/07/2001
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance. Well-paced and informative, this introduction will enlighten not only those who study Buddhism and comparative religion but anyone intrigued by the remarkable philosophy of one of the greatest religious thinkers.

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