Buddhism by Huston Smith
A Concise Introduction

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A concise and up-to-date guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Buddhism by two luminaries in the field of world religions.

 

About Huston Smith

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Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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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.

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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...

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Spirituality & Practice

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.

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Journal of Global Buddhism

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...

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