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The Buddha

Michael Carrithers.

February 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Buddhism. 128 pages.

The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction examines the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. What can we learn about...

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Buddhist Ethics

Damien Keown.

June 2005; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Buddhism. 168 pages.

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction illustrates how Buddhism might approach a range of fascinating dilemmas confronting the modern world, ethical moral issues ranging from abortion...

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Buddhism

Damien Keown.

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Buddhism. 184 pages.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. It looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism,...

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Buddhism and elephants

Damien Keown.

in Buddhism

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 4529 words.

‘Buddhism and elephants’ asks: Is Buddhism a religion? Buddhism is large and complex, and does not fit well into traditional Western conceptions of religion. However, Buddhism does adhere...

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The Buddha

Damien Keown.

in Buddhism

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 3797 words.

‘The Buddha’ charts the life of Siddhattha Gotama — the founder of Buddhism. Fragmentary evidence makes an accurate biography difficult, but four major events stand out — his birth,...

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Karma and rebirth

Damien Keown.

in Buddhism

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 4052 words.

‘Karma and rebirth’ introduces the mechanisms of the Buddhist universe. This universe comprises the physical universe and the life forms which inhabit it. These give rise to cyclical world...

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The Four Noble Truths

Damien Keown.

in Buddhism

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 3937 words.

‘The Four Noble Truths’ investigates these central tenets of the Buddha's teachings. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is to end suffering and rebirth by attaining nirvana. This is partially...

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The Mahāyāna

Damien Keown.

in Buddhism

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 3945 words.

‘The Mahāyāna’ explores the divisions which occurred after the Buddha's death, which led to the formation of different Buddhist schools. The great schism was caused by the addition of new...

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The spread of Buddhism

Damien Keown.

in Buddhism

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 5262 words.

‘The spread of Buddhism’ charts the movement of the religion through Asia. Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism after a particularly bloody conquest, and sent missionaries to other lands....

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Meditation

Damien Keown.

in Buddhism

February 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Buddhism. 4653 words.

‘Meditation’ examines this central Buddhist practice. Meditation was central to Indian religion prior to the Buddha. He disagreed with this tradition but agreed that salvation came from...

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