By Carl Olson
"A richly resourceful and realized trip via a number of the highways and byways of Buddhist culture from its inception to the current day . . . destined to turn into a vintage in its field."—Julius Lipner, professor of Indian faith and chair of the Divinity school on the collage of Cambridge
"The diversified Paths of Buddhism deals some of the most accomplished introductions to the most branches of the Buddhist culture less than one cover."—Chün-fang Yü, professor of faith at Columbia University
"This precise mix of conventional heritage and doctrine, narrative and perform, offers an enticing evaluate of Buddhist cultures . . . [and] how humans really stay Buddhist lives."—William Waldron, professor of South Asian faith and philosophy at Middlebury College
For centuries, Buddhist academics and laypeople have used tales, symbols, cultural metaphors, and anecdotes to educate and show their non secular perspectives. during this introductory textbook, Carl Olson attracts on those narrative traditions to element the advance of Buddhism from the lifetime of the historic Buddha to the current.
The publication bargains a accomplished advent to the most branches of the Buddhist culture in either the Mahayana and Theravada colleges, together with the Madhyamika university, the Yogacara college, natural Land devotionalism, Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and village people Buddhist traditions. Chapters discover the existence and teachings of the Buddha in historic context, the early improvement and institutionalization of Buddhism, its geographic unfold throughout Asia and finally to the USA, philosophy and ethics, the connection among clergymen and laity, political and moral implications, the position of girls within the Buddhist culture, and modern reinterpretations of Buddhism.
Drawn from many years of school room event, this inventive and impressive textual content combines professional scholarship and interesting tales that supply much-needed viewpoint to the prevailing literature at the subject.