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Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism: A Comprehensive Guide to Buddhist History and Philosophy, the Traditions and Practices
By: Ian Harris

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhism

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Author: Ian Harris
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780754818991
Publication Date: Oct. 2009

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Product Code: 15904

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Buddhism is the fifth largest world belief system in the world today, with an estimated 350 million adherents. This richly illustrated book introduces and explains Buddhist history, philosophy and practice, from its very beginnings to the present time.

The first two chapters of the book deal with the life of the Buddha and his teachings. Buddhist texts, traditions and ideas are discussed. The relevant doctrines and principles are explained in detail, such as the Four Noble Truths, karma, samsara, nirvana, the Noble Eightfold Path, as well as the Buddhist understanding of compassion, tolerance, non-violence and healing.

The third chapter covers the gradual spread of Buddhism and the interpretation of Buddhist scriptures over time. The fourth chapter deals with the practice of Buddhism today, country by country around the world. The final chapter discusses the major Buddhist schools and the key masters and interpreters within these schools, such as Theravada, Zen, Pure Land and Nichiren.

Each section is beautifully illustrated by Buddhist paintings, statues and archaeological finds, as well as contemporary images of festivals and ritual. Buddhist architecture is shown and explained, alongside pictures of important temples and pilgrimage sites. The meaning of hand gestures and the practice of meditation is discussed in detail.

Helpful terminology boxes appear throughout and are supported by a full glossary at the back of the book. Detailed color maps show the spread of Buddhism from the 5th century BCE to the end of the first millennium CE; the routes of the pilgrims along the Silk Road from the 4th to the 7th century CE; and the sacred pilgrimage sites of Northern India as they are today.

With expert text and 500 inspiring color images, this book is the perfect introduction for general readers new to Buddhism, and a handy resource for students and scholars alike.

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