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The A to Z of Buddhism
Charles S. Prebish The A to Z of Buddhism : Charles S. Prebish : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170945224)
Pages: 304
Price: Rs. 295
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ISBN13/10: 9788170945222 / 8170945224
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With a history spanning more than two-and-a-half millennia, and a geographic scatter that now encompasses the entire planet, Buddhism is one of humankind’s most interesting religions, and often perceived to be one of its most mysterious.

This book provides a marvellous framework for an appreciative understanding of Buddhism including:

  • The historical evolution of Buddhism;

  • Religious institutions, doctrines, and missionary movements;

  • Important Buddhist scriptures in the Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan traditions;

  • Sacred and historic Buddhist sites;

  • The festivals, rites, and rituals that configure Buddhist religious practice;

  • The manifestation of Buddhist religiosity in biography, art, and mythology.

A chronology and a map help the reader gain both geographic and historical perspective. The book also includes a carefully designed pronunciation guide to Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese terms.


"Prebish is a respected scholar of Buddhism and the history of early India. He has given us a remarkable reference tool."  — Reference Book Bulletin, USA

"Prebish has done a remarkable job in covering the important events and doctrines in the diverse cultures that have embraced Buddhism."  — ARBA

"Prebish, a well-known scholar of Buddhism, shows excellent judgment in his selection and treatment of entries . . . A useful work."  — Choice, USA

“User friendly and easy to manage due to its cross-referencing and individual entries that are lucidly written, helpful, and thoughtfully rendered . . . useful and handy reference guide . . . a heroic effort.”  —Journal of Asian Studies, USA

“The author’s globally extensive acquaintance with the subject makes this an enduring compendium of Buddhism.”  — Studies in Religion, USA

Charles S. Prebish

Charles S. Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. His prior books include Buddhist Monastic Discipline, Buddhism: A Modern Perspective, American Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics: A Cross-Cultural Approach, Religion and Sport: The Meeting of Sacred and Profane, and Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America. He has published numerous professional articles in prestigious scholarly and academic journals.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and as Co-Chairman of the Buddhism Group of the American Academy of Religion. He has been active in a number of other professional organizations, including the Association for Asian Studies, American Oriental Society, Pali Text Society, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. In 1997-98 he held a Rocke-feller Foundation National Humanities Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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