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Theravada Buddhism by Richard F. Gombrich
Book DescriptionWritten by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism, this up-dated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka. Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha's predecessors and the social and religious contexts against which Buddhism has developed and changed throughout history, demonstrating above all, how it has always influenced and been influenced by its social surroundings in a way which continues to this day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415365093
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard F. Gombrich
Buddhist Precept and Practice, Hardback (January 1995)
First published in 1971, this is an empirical study of religion - particularly religious change. In it, Gombrich explores all aspects of religious change in belief and practice in Ceylon, not only in modern times but over the two and a half millennia during which Buddhism has flourished.
World of Buddhism, Paperback (September 1991)
Describes the teachings of the Buddha, looks at Buddhism in India, Burma, Thailand, China, Korea, and Japan, and looks at Buddhist history, sects, shrines, and temples.
Buddhism Transformed, Paperback (October 1990)» View all books by Richard F. Gombrich
As the Sinhalas themselves perceive it, Buddhism proper has always shared the religious arena with a spirit religion. While Buddhism concerns salvation, the spirit religion focuses on worldly welfare. This work describes and analyzes the changes that have profoundly altered the character of Sinhala religion in both areas.
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Author Biography - Richard F. Gombrich
Richard F. Gombrich is Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, and one of the most renowned Buddhist scholars in the world. From 1976 to 2004 he was Boden Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford. He has been President of the Pali Text Society and was awarded the Sri Lanka Ranjana decoration by the President of Sri Lanka in 1994 and the SC Chakraborty medal by the Asiatic Society of Calcutta the previous year. He has written extensively on Buddhism, including How Buddhism Began: the Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings (Routledge 2005); and with Gananath Obeyesekere, Buddhism transformed: Religious change in Sri Lanka (1988).
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