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Unmasking Buddhism / by Bernard Faure
Bib ID 4593033
Format BookBook
Author
Faure, Bernard
 
Description Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, c2009 
vi, 159 p. ; 19 cm. 
ISBN 9781405180658
140518065X
9781405180641
1405180641
Summary

"Can we talk of Buddhism as a unified religion or are there many Buddhisms? Is Buddhism a religion of tolerance and pacifism as many people think? Is Buddhism a religion without god(s)? Or is it more of a philosophy than a religion? Renowned Buddhist scholar Bernard Faure answers these and other questions about the basic history, beliefs and nature of Buddhism in easy-to-understand language. It is an ideal introduction for anyone who has unanswered questions about one of the world's largest and most popular religions."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Buddhism in history
  • Buddhism is both one and many at the same time
  • The Buddha is only a man who achieved awakening
  • Buddhism is an Indian religion
  • Buddhism is the cult of nothingness
  • Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion
  • All Buddhists are seeking to achieve awakening
  • Buddhism teaches the impermanence of all things
  • The belief in karma leads to fatalism
  • Buddhism denies the existence of a self
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-152) and index.

Subjects Buddhism.  |  Buddhism -- Philosophy.

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