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Early Buddhism / 1976

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    An eminently readable, complete summary of all the essentials of Buddhist teaching and practice, Buddhism Explained is useful both for those wanting an understandable introduction to the subject and experts wishing a comprehensive but brief reference. It covers topics as diverse as meditation methods, the daily life of Buddhist monks, and the meaning of profound concepts such as Nirvana. The use of Thai, Pali, and Sanskrit terms has been kept to a minimum, with clear explanations of those included.
An eminently readable, complete summary of all the essentials of Buddhist teaching and practice, Buddhism Explained is useful both for those wanting an understandable introduction to the subject and experts wishing a comprehensive but brief reference. It covers topics as diverse as meditation methods, the daily life of Buddhist monks, and the meaning of profound concepts such as Nirvana. The use of Thai, Pali, and Sanskrit terms has been kept to a minimum, with clear explanations of those included.
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  • 1. Introduction, research aims and significance
  • 2. Contemporary meditatin movements in Thailand
  • 3. The creation of a monolithic Theravada Buddhism in Thailand
  • 4. The manuscript of the Venerable Suk and the Yogavacara tradition
  • 5. The Matchima meditation system as a 'living tradition'
  • 6. Comparing the 'living tradition' with the ancient manuscript
  • 7. Philosophical implications and histrorical context
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