What Do Buddhists Believe? Paperback
by Tony Morris
Part of the What Do We Believe series
Buddhism is one of the world's oldest and most widespread belief-systems.
Its history spans two and a half thousand years, and Buddhism today has over 500 million adherents throughout almost every country in the world.
Virtually unknown outside Asia until the last century, it is now the fastest growing religion in the West.
What is it about Buddhism that attracts so many in an age, when people seem to be turning away from organised religion?
The teachings of Buddhism are voluminous and varied, and it has a well developed philosophical and mystical dimension; but at its core is a simple set of propositions and practices designed to meet the practical day to day concerns of ordinary people: how to live a compassionate, creative, wise and, above all, happy life.
Tony Morris explores Buddhism's appeal, and gives an acute insight into its essential beliefs.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 100 pages, maps
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 03/04/2006
- Category: Buddhism
- ISBN: 9781862078352
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Review by dean_p
A nice little introduction into Buddhism in plain language, written by a practitioner in UK. Positives include simplicity, conciseness and pretty much nailing the main concepts, schools and history. Slight negative points for mentioning a couple of "Buddhist" groups that are either controversial or have been exposed as bordering on the 'cult' side of things, rather than mentioning some of the more safer mainstream groups which a beginner might do better to approach. Includes some intellectual discussion at the end on the future of Buddhism in light of some global developments over the last decade. Overall, a good quick read and introduction.