The A to Z of Buddhism provides a marvelous framework for an appreciation and understanding of the religion, including: The historical evolution of Buddhism. Religious institutions, doctrines and missionary movements Important Buddhist scriptures in the Indian, Tibetan and Chinese traditions Sacred and historic Buddhist sites Festivals, rites and rituals that configure Buddhist religious practice. The manifestation of Buddhism in biography, art and mythology.
A chronology and a map help the reader gain both geographic and historical perspective. The book also includes a carefully designed pronunciation guide to Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese terms.
Table of Contents:
- Pronunciation Guide
- The Buddhist Scriptures
- The Dictionary.
About the Author:
Charles S. Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. His prior books include Buddhist Monastic Discipline, Buddhism: A Modern Perspective, American Buddhism, and Buddhist Ethics: A Cross-Cultural Approach, Religion and Sport: The Meeting of Sacred and Profane, and Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America. He has published numerous professional articles in prestigious scholarly and academic journals.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and as Co-Chairman of the Buddhism Group of the American Academy of Religion. He has been active in a number of other professional organizations;, including the Association for Asian Studies, American Oriental Society, Pali Text Society, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. In 1997-98, he held a Rockefeller Foundation National Humanities Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada.