Key Words in Buddhism

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98 pp., 5 x 7
Paperback
ISBN: 9781589011298 (1589011295)


July 2006
LC: 2006006891
Sales Rights: Only for sale in the US, Canada and Mexico

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Key Words in Buddhism
Ron Geaves

Chosen as an Outstanding Title in 2007 by the American Association of School Libraries and the Public Library Association

Daily political events and the steady inevitability of globalism require that informed students and citizens learn something about religious traditions foreign to their own. Designed for both classroom and general use, these handy Key Words guidebooks are essential resources for those who want clear and concise explanations of common terms and unfamiliar concepts of major world religions.

Each pocket-sized volume contains definitions for over 400 terms from religious principles and significant periods to noteworthy figures.

A quick sampling of terms from this volume:

Bodhisattva
Bhavana
Jaramarana
Kalachakra
Mala
Mantra
Nirvana
Samadhi
Zen

Sample Definitions:

Brahma Viharas: The four sublime states of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and evenness of mind achieved by the practice of bhavana (see bhavana, metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha).

Jaramarana: Old age and death. The final link in the causal chain of existence which arises from jati or birth. The Buddha left his palace to search for enlightenment after experiencing the shock of seeing old age, sickness and death (see jati, Siddharta Gotma,. nidanas, samsara).


Ron Geaves is professor of the comparative study of religion at Liverpool Hope University in England.


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"A necessary and valuable contribution to religious studies and the study of religions that teachers, and especially students, in higher education institutions will very much welcome."—Teaching Theology & Religion