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The Vision of the Buddha

by Tom Lowenstein

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This introduction to Buddhism is readable and nicely organized. The subject is broken up into a number of smaller topics, each of which is briefly discussed over no more than four pages. These topics run the gammut from Buddhist folklore to doctrine around the world.

Though there are some dry spots, as one would expect in any reference work, the book is mostly interesting and informative. The illustrations are also nicely chosen; they provide a good counterpoint to the text, and I appreciated that almost all of them were in colour. It's always difficult to really appreciate a work of art from a poor-quality black and white reproduction, but even the b&w and sepia toned pictures were clear and easy to digest.

Overall, I found the book interesting and thought-provoking. It was a good introduction to the religion, and Lowenstein takes a decidedly non-preachy stance. Though he mentions evangelism as a key point in many Buddhist sects, I didn't get the impression that he was trying to convert anyone with this book. It seemed that he was simply presenting the facts; as someone with an interest in all religions, I really appreciated that tone. ( )
  xicanti | Feb 13, 2007 |
Great book for learning the basic precepts and history of Buddhism ( )
  BaronVonLambshank | Jan 5, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076077210X, Paperback)

This book is a vivid, richly illustrated guide to the history and legends of Buddhism, and to the main themes and beliefs in the Buddhist spiritual tradition, both today and in the past.

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