The Beginnings of Buddhism

By Kogen Mizuno

The origins and basic principles of Buddhism have been made the subjects of books by a variety of authors, but rarely with the insight of this. Buddhism ranks with Christianity and Islam as one of the three great universal religions, and an understanding of its teachings has great significance in the troubled world of today. This informative and inspiring book offers an account of basic Buddhism centring on the life of its founder, Shakyamuni, and the primitive teachings of his time. The book is not an ordered doctrinal presentation but a blend of commentaries on the teachings and of material concerning the life of Shakyamuni. Here, in straightforward, readily understandable language, is a thorough exposition of the tenets that have made Buddhism one of the world’s most viable religions. ‘Highly readable’ – Choice.

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.

232 pp. 15.1 x 1.8 x 22.7 cm (Paperback)





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