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An Introduction to Buddhism

Teachings, History and Practices

Authors

Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland

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In this second edition of the best-selling Introduction to Buddhism, Peter Harvey provides a comprehensive introduction to the development of the Buddhist tradition in both Asia and the West. Extensively revised and fully updated, this edition draws on recent scholarship in the field, exploring the tensions and continuities between the different forms of Buddhism. Harvey critiques and corrects some common misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key concepts that have often been over-simplified and over-generalised. The volume includes detailed references to…

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Key features

  • Cites and corrects common misconceptions of Buddhism, to deepen students' critical understanding
  • Both Sanskrit and Pali versions of key terms are used, to make the text accessible to students of either language
  • Transliterated forms of Tibetan words are given, to aid correct pronunciation

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