Basic Buddhist Concepts

By Kogen Mizuno

The world’s three great universal religions, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, have all seen proliferation into divergent sects that are nonetheless united by a common faith in the basic teachings of their founders. The oldest of these religions is Buddhism. Its long history, pragmatic approach to ethical problems, and encouragement of philosophical inquiry fostered the varied interpretations of the original teachings that gave birth to the many forms of Buddhism practiced today. Though many books about Buddhist teachings have been published in English, few focus on the basic teachings that join all Buddhists. This book provides lucid explanations of such fundamental concepts as the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the Twelve Causes and Conditions. ‘An articulate presentation of Buddhist ideas’ – Mainichi Daily News.

Kogen Mizuno, Litt.D., one of Japan’s foremost scholars of Buddhism and an authority on Pali texts, was president of Komazawa University, where he also taught Buddhology. His published works include Essentials of Buddhism, The Beginnings of Buddhism and Buddhist Sutras: Origin, Development, Transmission.

175 pp. 13.3 x 1.3 x 21 cm (Paperback)





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