Vision of the Buddha: Buddhism – the path to spiritual Enlightenment
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The essence of Buddhism in all its cultural and geographical diversity. One of the world’s great Eastern religions, Buddhism has become an increasingly potent influence in the West. This book is a vivid, richly illustrated guide to the history and legends of Buddhism, and to the main themes and beliefs in the Buddhist spiritual tradition, both today and in the past.
The Buddha’s teaching and the ideas it generated are described in depth, as is the development of the faith as it spread through the East. Each country or region has a chapter to itself. The often complex doctrines are clearly explained in a lucid, authoritative text. The final chapter chronicles the growth of Buddhism in the West and shows how the religion has such powerful appeal to Westerners in their quest for an understanding of the human predicament.
Tom Lowenstein has been a student of Buddhism since 1972 and studied Pali and Sanskrit in Sri Lanka and at the University of Washington. In 1979 he received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.