A Dictionary of Buddhism

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Damien Keown
Oxford University Press, 2003 - Religion - 357 pages
With over 2,000 wide-ranging entries, this dictionary is the most up-to-date and comprehensive of its kind. Written by a leading expert in the field and incorporating research by regional specialists, this new dictionary covers both historical and contemporary issues in Buddhism and includes all Buddhist schools and cultures.
Elegantly illustrated with line drawings of religious structures, iconography, and ritual objects, The Dictionary of Buddhism includes entries on the history and doctrines of the major Buddhist schools, information on the spread of Buddhism in Asia and the West, and coverage of issues of contemporary concern such as human rights, abortion, euthanasia, and the role of women in Buddhist teachings. An ultimate reference, the dictionary also contains appendices that include a chronology of important dates, a guide to canonical scriptures, and a pronunciation guide for difficult names and terms. Beliefs, doctrines, major teachers and scholars, place names, and artifacts are all covered in a clear and concise style making The Dictionary of Buddhism an invaluable source for anyone seeking information on Buddhism, from students of religion and related disciplines to practicing Buddhists.

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In a useful new reference that will be welcomed by students of Buddhism and general readers alike, Keown (Buddhism, Univ. of London; Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction) addresses all the main ... Read full review

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Dr Damien Keown is Senior Lecturer in Indian Religion, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London. His books include The Nature of Buddhist Ethics (Macmillan, 1992) and Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 1996).

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