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More than 2,000 entries are alphabetically arranged from abhabba- tthana, the five things of which an arhat, or enlightened one, is said to be incapable, to Zimme Pannasa, the Burmese term for a collection of birth stories of the Buddha. Most entries are transliterations from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and so on, giving the work a very academic flavor and seeming to require some prior knowledge of the subject. In fairness, the author does state in his preface that this work is more of a companion to the growing literature on Buddhism rather than an introduction to it. The treatment of particular countries (e.g., China, India) as well as those for collections of sacred texts can serve as introductory essays of a sort. There are entries for terms in English (e.g., Diet, Reincarnation), including some on contemporary issues, such as Cloning and Stem cell research.
Despite the work's academic bent, entries provide no supplemental bibliographies. This is an especially disappointing omission in the appendix, which outlines the divisions of the three main collections of canonical scriptures (i.e., Pali Canon, Chinese Canon, and Tibetan Canon), as finding translations of particular sacred texts can be difficult.
The Concise Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Oneworld, 2000) also lacks a true index and supplemental bibliographies for entries but has some features the Oxford title doesn't, namely, a nice introductory essay on Buddhist history, doctrines, and literature as well as a thematic bibliography. Its coverage, however, is not as comprehensive, with just over 900 entries. Although Oxford's Dictionary of Buddhism may not be all it could be, it does provide authoritative and convenient treatment of a wide range of subjects. Academic and public libraries would do well to acquire it. RBB
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This is a handy little desk reference volume, convenient for writers touching on Buddhist subjects. The few illustrations are of shockingly poor quality, and ought be expunged. Read morePublished 9 months ago by F. Stuart Smith
Excellent book, but the Kindle edition is a little odd. The book doesn't have a search engine of its own, so you have to use the Kindle search function. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The product arrived early and was exactly what I had expected. It is an excellent book that gives detailed descriptions of common Buddhist terms.Published on October 22, 2013 by Alex Fennell
It's a good book for a beginner. Not sure about the expert, however the kindle edition works fine and it is very easy to handle.Published on January 1, 2013 by Dunas
Although this product provides clear, concise descriptions of 2000 topics, there are constant, egregious errors in the transliteration of Sanskrit and Pali terms. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Upasaka
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