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Buddhism and the Coronavirus

The Buddha’s Teaching on Suffering     

Jeaneane Fowler was formerly Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Newport, and later an Honorary Research fellow. Her publications include Hinduism: Beliefs and Practices (Choice Outstanding Title, 1997; revised and enlarged to two volumes in 2019), and in the same series, Humanism, Chinese Religions, T'ai Chi Ch'üan, Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism in Wales; and books on the Philosophy of Hinduism, the Philosophy of Taosim, The Bhagavad Gita, and Causality.

In The Sussex Library of Religious Beliefs & Practices

This book examines the early teachings of Buddhism associated with the life of the Buddha, Siddhatta Gotama. In these teachings, the Buddha put forward his famous Four Noble Truths concerning the nature of suffering, its causes, the Truth that it can be overcome, and a pathway to end suffering. The suffering experienced in the contemporary coronavirus pandemic may seem to be very distant from the Buddha’s message delivered over two thousand years ago, but the teaching of the Four Noble Truths is as relevant today as it was all that time ago. So this book melds the two, occasionally with discrete treatment of past and present but ever cognizant of the ways in which the teachings of the past inform the present crisis. To understand coronaviruses, the book examines the nature of viruses, their origins, causes and the ways in which they are both friends and enemies of humankind. Importantly and crucially, the book investigates how far humanity itself is the cause of its own suffering in the pandemics that arise – no less in the coronaviruses that have emerged in the twenty-first century.

Chapters include:
• The Buddha
• Viruses: Friends and Enemies
• The Noble Truth of Suffering
• The Second Noble Truth of the Cause of Suffering
• The Third Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering
• The Fourth Noble Truth: The Noble Eightfold Path
• The Noble Eightfold Path: Mindfulness and Concentration
• The Brahma-vihara: Love: Compassion: Sympathetic Joy: Equanimity

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78976-068-2
Paperback Price: £25 / $34.95
Release Date: March 2021 
Page Extent / Format: 256 pp. 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


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