A Concise History of Buddhism [Andrew Skilton (Sthiramati)] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An ideal introduction to the history of. An introduction to the history of Buddhism which explains the development of the religion’s basic concepts over years, and describes Buddhism’s diverse. An ideal introduction to the history of Buddhism. Andrew Skilton – a writer on and practitioner of Buddhism – explains the development of the basic concepts of.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Please try again later. Deborah Fisher rated it it was amazing Jan 20, After reading about 2 dozen books from various traditions of Buddhism, this was just the book I needed to tie it all together.

Start reading Concise History of Buddhism on your Kindle in under a minute. A Buddhist and professor at Oxford University now unravels these varied religious threads and creates a wonderfully clear and compact look at Buddhist history. Read reviews that mention history of buddhism buddhism in india skilton buddha development religion sanskrit early major account chapters example accurate asia developed later sources historical hundred interested.

Most encouraging to me was learning that the various different orders of Buddhists split not due to any argument over doctrine, but more over the lifestyle and rules of monks and nuns, which I think proves the practical nature of most of the Buddha’s teachings.


He sticks to basic concepts, within the context of its development, and give references for further study of complex points.

An example of this exclusion might be the meditational practices called the brahma-viharas, which in its Abhidamma and commentarial literature are relegated to an ancillary function only, anndrew its own canon records instances which substantially refute this role. Sini rated it liked it Nov 03, Samuel rated it really liked it Jul 01, Learn more about Amazon Prime. Van Horn’s characterization of this point is entirely incorrect, as is his assessment of the book on the whole.

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This is a very dense history of Buddhism. Want to Read saving…. Leandro MP rated it it was ok Mar 09, Apr 18, Andrea rated it really liked it.

Not a good read if you are starting from scratch because half of the vocabulary is unfamiliar to a non-Buddhist. In the Buddha’s Words: Shannon Stewart rated it really liked it Jul 15, Share your thoughts with other customers. Teachings, History and Practices Introduction to Religion. What is made clear here is that, in the most common usage, these terms arise in the Mahayana tradition and a follower of the Hinayana would be more lik I found this short book to be quite useful in disentangling the histkry threads of contemporary Buddhism, even though the history stops short of the 20th century.


From the ancient In Buddhism is a widely diverse religion, with many traditions handed down through the centuries. Skilron trivia or quizzes yet. I found this short book to be quite useful in disentangling the various threads of contemporary Buddhism, even though the history stops short of the 20th century. While it contains a LOT of information it is very well organized.

Canonical passages frequently contain editorial additions “demoting” the brahma-viharas but, where parallel texts survive from the Mahasanghika canon, it is interesting to note that the latter did not feel any need to qualify such practices in that way.

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This is a good book for beginners to intermediate students of Buddhism.