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BeschreibungIn this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance. Well-paced and informative, this introduction will enlighten not only those who study Buddhism and comparative religion but anyone intrigued by the remarkable philosophy of one of the greatest religious thinkers.
1. Introduction ;
2. Early life and renunciation ;
3. To the awakening ;
4. The awakening ;
5. The mission and the death ; Further reading ; Index
PortraitMichael Carrithers is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Durham and author of The Forest Monks of Sri Lanka and Why Humans Have Cultures: Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity (both published by OUP).
Untertitel: A Very Short Introduction. 'Very Short Introductions'. halftones and drawings. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2001
Seitenanzahl: 128 Seiten