The Emergence of Buddhism

The Emergence of Buddhism

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In the 6th century B.C.E., a young prince named Siddhartha Gotama renounced his opulent lifestyle and set out on a quest to alleviate human suffering. When he realized his goal--a path to enlightenment--he dedicated his life to sharing that discovery. From its itinerant beginnings in what is now southern Nepal, to its current following of over 350 million adherents worldwide, Buddhism has spread through teachings and principles rather than worship of the divine, earning the title of the world's "oldest missionary religion." Primary documents, illustrations, a glossary, and biographical sketches illuminate the birth, enlightenment, travels, and legacy of the man called Buddha, the "Awakened One."
Narrative chapters, primary documents, illustrations, glossary, and biographical sketches introduce students to the life of the man called Buddha and the spread of Buddhism throughout the world.

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For secondary school and undergraduate students researching the topic, Kinnard (comparative religious thought, Iliff School of Theology) presents a historical overview of Buddhism, biographical sketches of significant figures, primary documents, and a timeline. The overview begins with the life of Buddha, the establishment of Buddhism and its philosophical and social context, its expansion, the emergence of the Mahayana, and the decline of Buddhism in India and rise elsewhere. Primary documents include an account of the Buddha's life in the palace from the Digha Hikaya, an excerpt from the Buddhacarita, Buddha's first sermon, and other Pali texts. The bibliography is annotated. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006
ISBN: 0313328382 (alk. paper)
9780313328381 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 294.30934 KIN
Characteristics: xxxii, 165 p., [5] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm

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