ebook A Complete Introduction · Teach Yourself

By Clive Erricker

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Buddhism: A Complete Introduction is a comprehensive and easy-to-use introduction, designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place.

Written by a leading expert, this book will help you if you are studying for an important exam or essay, or if you simply want to improve your knowledge.

It is structured to mirror the way in which Buddhism is usually taught, starting with the life of the Buddha through to the prospects of Buddhism for the next generation.

The book covers all the key areas that are considered central to Buddhism, including the Buddha's teachings, the scriptures and schools, the role of meditation and the moral and ethical context. It uses jargon-free English and includes features such as guided further reading and end of chapter questions to ensure that you understand all the concepts covered.

Buddhism: A Complete Introduction includes:

Chapter 1: Buddhists and Buddhism

  • Who are Buddhists?
  • The Three Jewels
  • The Three Refuges
  • Buddhist Practice
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 2: The life of the Buddha

  • The Buddha's significance
  • The Four Sights
  • Going forth
  • Self-mortification
  • The enlightenment
  • Turning the wheel of the dharma
  • The mission
  • The growth of the Sangha
  • Paranirvana
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 3: The Buddha's teaching

  • The first Nobel Truth: all is suffering (dukkha)
  • The second Noble Truth: the origins of suffering (samudaya)
  • The third Noble Truth: the cessation of suffering (nirodha)
  • The fourth Noble Truth: the path to the cessation of suffering (magga)

    Chapter 4: Buddhist scriptures and schools

  • The Theravada Scriptures
  • The Mahayana Scriptures
  • Pure Land Buddhism
  • The Ch'an and Zen Schools
  • The Tibetan Scriptures
  • >In conclusion

    Chapter 5: Meditation and devotion

  • 1 Mind and heart
  • 2 Heart and mind
  • 3 Devotion as homage
  • 4 Salvific devotion
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 6: Ethical conduct

  • Sila skilfulness
  • The practicality of buddhist ethics
  • Working on yourself and others
  • The precepts and the dharma
  • Renunciation
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 7: Moral Issues

  • The natural world
  • Human society
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 8: The social order

  • Ordination
  • Celibacy
  • Weddings and marriages
  • Family life
  • Death and dying
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 9: Festivals and ceremonies

  • Theravada festivals
  • Tibetan festivals
  • Japanese and Chinese festivals
  • Western Buddhist festivals
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 10: Budhist today: East and West

  • The spread of Buddhism
  • Buddhism in India
  • The revival of Buddhism
  • Buddhism in South-East Asia
  • Missionary activity
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Buddhism in the West
  • In conclusion

    Chapter 11: Transition, adaptation and influence: prospects for Buddhism in the twenty-first century

  • Into the twenty-first century
  • Views from the West
  • Transmitting Buddhism to a new generation
  • In conclusion

    Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features:Not got much time?

    One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

  • Author insights
  • Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.
  • Test yourself
  • Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
  • Extend your knowledge
  • Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of psychology.
  • Five things to remember
  • Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
  • Try this
  • Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
  • Buddhism