History of Buddhism Facts and Fictions

Innbundet / 2019 / Engelsk

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9781440864049
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2019
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Greenwood Press
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05, 06, U, P
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Engelsk
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History of Buddhism Facts and Fictions

Innbundet / 2019 / Engelsk
One of the world's most popular religions, Buddhism is also one of the most misunderstood. This reference overviews misconceptions related to Buddhism and reveals the truths behind the myths.Buddhism is practiced by millions of adherents around the world. Originating in ancient India, it spread throughout Asia and then to the West, and it exists in multiple traditions. Despite its popularity, it is also the subject of many misconceptions. This book examines those misconceptions along with the historical truths behind the myths.The book begins with an introduction that places Buddhism in its historical and cultural contexts. This is followed by chapters on particular erroneous beliefs related to the religion. Chapters explore whether Buddhism is a singular tradition, if it is a religion or a philosophical system, if it is rational and scientific, whether the Buddha was an ordinary human, and other topics. Each chapter summarizes the misconception and how it spread, along with what we now believe to be the underlying truth behind the falsehood. Quotations and excerpts from primary source documents provide evidence for the mistaken beliefs and the historical truths. The book closes with a selected, general bibliography.An introduction places Buddhism in its historical and cultural contexts.Chapters discuss both misconceptions related to Buddhism and historical truths behind the mistaken beliefs.Excerpts from primary source documents provide evidence for what scholars now believe to be the historical facts.A selected, general bibliography directs users to additional sources of information.
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"One of the world's most popular religions, Buddhism is also one of the most misunderstood. This reference overviews misconceptions related to Buddhism and reveals the truths behind the myths"--
Geoffrey C. Goble is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. He was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian religion at Washington University in St. Louis and taught at DePauw University and Indiana University.
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ISBN13
9781440864049
Publisert
2019
Utgiver
Vendor
Greenwood Press
Aldersnivå
05, 06, U, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
157
Se alle
Forfatter