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Beliefs and Practices

In the series Religious Beliefs & Practices

Merv Fowler recently retired as the Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Newport. He has studied in the Middle East and published in the US, Canada, Germany, India and UK. An accomplished writer and storyteller, the author has written for the media and had his works broadcast by the BBC.

This book begins by posing and answering the question: “What is Buddhism?” Assuming no previous knowledge, issues such as the legacy of India and the life of the Buddha are discussed. Later sections include: the beliefs and practices of the Mahayana and Theravada schools, with particular emphasis on the four main Mahayana schools of Nichiren, Tibetan, Zen and Pure Land; the Four Noble Truths; the Buddhist councils; rebirth; meditation; festivals; concepts of reality; and yoga.

The book ends with a look at the state of Buddhism in the world today and discusses its current popularity. As one commentator has written: “New Buddhist groups are springing up like lotus flowers on a hot day.” The appeal is due to its undogmatic and open-minded approach which encourages understanding and questioning, and makes Buddhism a prime source for discovering the “self” within a non-violent tradition.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-898723-66-0
Paperback Price: £16.95 / $24.95
Release Date: June 1999
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


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A valuable contribution to contemporary Buddhist literature with value as an introduction to Buddhism, as a reference work. An interesting and inspiring read.
Journal of the Pure Land Buddhist Fellowship

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