A concise and up-to-date guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Buddhism by two luminaries in the field of world religions.
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Smith shies away from calling Zen a religion, sugarcoating the more religious aspects of Zen practice, such as making offerings or paying respect to one's teacher, in an effort to make them palatable to the Zen consumer.| Read Full Review of Buddhism: A Concise Introduction
While Novak devotes time to the rise of Buddhism in Germany, England and France, it is clear that he finds the "New Buddhism" of America, with its emphasis on lay involvement, social engagement and the cross-pollination between Buddhist traditions, to be the source of the most exciting contempora...| Read Full Review of Buddhism: A Concise Introduction
Smith presents an overview of basic Buddhist major texts, a history of Zen, answers to frequently asked questions, a listing of American Zen centers and resources, and a glossary of terms.| Read Full Review of Buddhism: A Concise Introduction
Although he points out that the history of the United States, like that of South Africa, has been marked by colonialism, it is unfortunate that he does not go into more detail about the potential challenges and opportunities that this may pose for Buddhism as it meets the diverse populations of t...| Read Full Review of Buddhism: A Concise Introduction
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