Beliefs and Practices
By (author) Merv Fowler
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Buddhism by Merv Fowler
Book DescriptionThis book begins by posing and answering the question: What is Buddhism? Assuming no previous knowledge, issues such as the legacy of India and the life of the Buddha are discussed. Later sections include: the beliefs and practices of the Mahayana and Theravada schools, with particular emphasis on the four main Mahayana schools of Nichiren, Tibetan, Zen and Pure Land; the Four Noble Truths; the Buddhist councils; rebirth; meditation; festivals; concepts of reality; and yoga. The book ends with a look at the state of Buddhism in the world today and discusses its current popularity. As one commentator has written: New Buddhist groups are springing up like lotus flowers on a hot day. The appeal is due to its undogmatic and open-minded approach which encourages understanding and questioning, and makes Buddhism a prime source for discovering the self within a non-violent tradition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781898723660
(215mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Merv Fowler
Bhagavad Gita, Paperback (November 2011)
Provides a text and detailed commentary on the "Bhagavad Gita", an important Hindu scripture, which is a dialogue between Arjuna the man and Krishna the God. This book examines major Hindu concepts, and presents the background to the Gita. It also contains detailed notes to the Gita chapters.
Chanting in the Hillsides, Paperback (September 2008)
In 1983, a tiny group of people in Cardiff and a married couple in Aberporth West Wales were the only Welsh members of Soka Gakkai International, a Japanese movement based on the beliefs and teachings of the 13th century Buddhist, Nichiren Daishonin. This book examines the history of the movement in these two areas.
Chinese Religions, Paperback (August 2007)
Presents an introduction to the religions of China, and places it in the wider context of Chinese history and philosophy. This book brings together the studies of Jeaneane Fowler in Taoism, Chinese popular religion and the broader canvas of Chinese cosmogony, and those of Merv Fowler in Confucianism, Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism.
Zen Buddhism, Paperback (August 2005)» View all books by Merv Fowler
An introduction to the historical roots of Zen Buddhism in the Mahayana tradition, and the particular expression of Zen in the Rinzai and Soto Zen schools. The major philosophical concepts that underpin both these schools are explored, and their varied practices are examined.
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Author Biography - Merv Fowler
Merv Fowler recently retired as the Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Newport. He has studied in the Middle East and published in the US, Canada, Germany, India and UK. An accomplished writer and storyteller, the author has written for the media and had his works broadcast by the BBC.
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