You're no idiot, of course. You know many people have turned to Buddhism as an alternative to organized religion but you're mistaken if you believe that all Buddhists live a monk-like existence.
Don't wait until your next life to experience Zen. The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Buddhism reveals the essence of Buddhist thought from its inception in the Far East to its growing devotees in the West. In this Pocket Idiot's Guide, you get:
* The life of Siddhartha, better known as the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
* The basic Buddhist belief system, including the Three Marks of Existence, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eight-fold Path.
*Fully explained concepts such as Zen, karma, dharma, and Sutras.
* The history of the various Buddhist sects and their important influence.
Buddhism has become increasingly more popular in America over the last thirty years. This faiths simple message and emphasis on ritual especially the Zen tradition has attracted many western practitioners that are looking for an alternative to other traditional forms of faith. The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Buddhism starts by briefly tracing the origins of Buddhism and the role its founder, Siddhartha or Buddha as he is better known played in gathering its first followers. The book follows the spread of the religion throughout Asia. Key concepts and terms like Zen, karma, dharma and Sutras are discussed in a readable, succinct style that keep readers turning pages to learn more. Buddhism's influence on modern society and forms of practice are covered toward in the latter half. Informative sidebars will supplement text and a helpful glossary of terms will be included.