New to this edition
Readership: Anyone interested in Buddhism as a religion and
way of life; students of comparative religions and religious studies, theology and philosophy.
Damien Keown, Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmith's College, London
Damien Keown is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, London. He is Founding co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is also the author of Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2005) and co-editor of Encyclopaedia of Buddhism (Routledge, 2007). He is now retried.
"Keown's skill in explaining complex ideas and the book's clarity of structure and style ensure that it will retain the respect of scholars and students. In short, the book is a very worthwhile read." - Naomi Appleton, The Expository Times
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Note on citations and pronunciation
1: Buddhism and elephants
2: The Buddha
3: Karma and rebirth
4: The Four Noble Truths
5: The Mahayana
6: The spread of Buddhism in Asia
9: Buddhism in the West