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by John Snelling

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About the author: quoting and summarizing from the back leaf of the book, "John Snelling was born in Wales in 1943 and brought up there and in London and Canterbury. . .He has been involved in Buddhism since the early 1970s, practicing mainly in the Zen and Theravada schools. From 1980 until 1984 he was general secretary of the Buddhist Society, London, and from 1980 until 1987 editor of The Middle Way, the Society's quarterly journal." Snelling has written several other books.

About the book: quoting from the back cover of the book, "This is the first definitive guide to the complete panorama of Buddhist teaching, practice, schools, and history. One of the fastest growing religions in the world, Buddhism includes within its scope numerous traditions. The Buddhist Handbook provides a comprehensive and nonsectarian survey of these traditions and their contemporary exponents throughout the world, providing necessary information for those who wish to explore the various options thoroughly and find one that is suited to their needs. For those already practicing in a particular school of Buddhism, it offers illuminating insight into the teachings of other schools for a more holistic view."
  uufnn | Dec 22, 2015 |
A comprehensive map of Buddhist territory, offering an overview of the core teachings, main traditions, current organizations and important figures. Spelling does a good job of keeping his judgements in check (there's occasional lapses, which give us a glimpse of the personality behind the text). A fine piece of scholarship and navigation. ( )
  Parthurbook | Jun 8, 2014 |
Good overview of Buddhism! ( )
  Scaryguy | Sep 6, 2007 |
This is a wonderful book - a thorough treatment of the religious and historical aspects of Buddhism. Highly recommended. ( )
  herebedragons | Feb 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0892817615, Paperback)

The most comprehensive guide to Buddhism and its exponents in the Western world--with fully updated information on Buddhist organizations around the world. 

• A Who's Who of contemporary teachers, writers, and practitioners. 

• Provides thorough summaries of all major Buddhist traditions around the world. 

• An excellent introduction to the fastest-growing religion in the West.

Newly revised and updated, The Buddhist Handbook is the definitive guide to the complete panorama of Buddhist teaching, practice, schools, and history. The fastest-growing religion in the West, Buddhism includes numerous traditions within its scope. The Buddhist Handbook provides a comprehensive and nonsectarian survey of these traditions and their contemporary exponents throughout the world, providing necessary information for those who wish to explore the various traditions thoroughly and find the one best-suited to their needs. For those already practicing in a particular school of Buddhism, it offers illuminating insight into the teachings of other schools, as well as a Who's Who of contemporary teachers, writers, and practitioners. 

The far-reaching range of this book includes chapters on the westward migration of Buddhist thought, contemporary Buddhist activities in North America and around the world, the relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy, Buddhism and social action, and the role of women in Buddhism.  Updated to include the most recent information about developments in Buddhism throughout the world, The Buddhist Handbook remains an essential work for the library of every aspiring Buddhist. 

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:52 -0400)

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