This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to Damien Keown’s book provides a lively, informative response to these. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Damien Keown, author Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith’s. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. Tibetan Rituals of Death. It looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were. Do people have a soul, and if so, what shor it like? User Review – Flag as inappropriate Excellent introduction A xhort and concise introduction which you will struggle to put down.

I learnt a little about the different branches of Buddhism. I now know as much as I want to about the subject and where to go if I shorh more.

Did Buddha make a mistake in not appointing a successor? Looking for beautiful books? Selected pages Title Page. Very Short Introductions online.

Keown comes down on the side of ‘yes, it is a religion’ because it fits Ninian Smarts seven dimensions of religion: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


It is a book written from a inttroduction perspective, the last paragraph view spoiler [ The Historian Arnold Toynbee described the encounter between Buddhism and the West as ‘one of the greatest collisions of the twenty-first century’. If “yes,” what evidence is there for it? Steven Heine; Dale Wright. Baqer Al-Meshqab rated it liked it Shelves: Very Short Introductions 1 – 10 of books.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction : Damien Keown :

Is art important in religion, and if so, why? Contents 1 Buddhism and elephants. As he sheds light into how Buddhist thought developed over the centuries, Keown also highlights how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective.

He highlights some of the more conservative aspects of Buddhism, such as the refusal of Buddhist authorities in many countries to allow female ordination, and the existence of Buddhist monks who have supported wars.

History of Science and Technology. Not a devotional book.

Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction : Damien Keown :

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Common or Garden Dharma. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Consequences of Compassion Charles Goodman. Books by Damien Keown. Why does the monastic sangha require such a rigorous behavioural code as opposed to the less difficult guidelines for the laity?

Karma and rebirth 4. And maybe it was a conscious nod on Keown’s part to the patriarchal nature of religions that the default person in this book, as I started to notice in the chapter on meditation, is always a man. Karma and rebirth 4. Is the First Noble Truth right when it claims that “all existence is suffering,” or is Buddhism overly-pessimistic in its assessment of the human condition?


I didn’t know this but apparently it can also be very theistic because Buddhist cosmology includes whole realms of gods and spirits and as well as that many Buddhists still worship local gods and spirits. Very informative, but not much nuance or depth His Short and Happy Life.

Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

Book ratings by Goodreads. Just what I was looking for. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Other editions – View all Buddhism: To this confluence of cultures Buddhism brings a sophisticated psychology, techniques of meditation, a profound shor, and a universally admired code of ethics.

Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Academic Skip to main content. The Four Noble Truths ; 5. Speaking very broadly Buddhism breaks down into Theravada and Mahayana which are the biggest branches like Protestant and Catholic in Christianity or Sunni and Shia in Islam.