"Buddhism, A Westerner's Compendium," is an overview of Buddhism, its teachings and its traditions, as well as its similarities and differences with Christianity. It is written from the point of view of a Western practitioner, who has spent more than 30 years investigating this seemingly alien topic, ultimately becoming a convert. The author uses personal anecdotes, scholarly sources, and offers unique perspectives in showing that, in reality, Buddhist thought does have a place in the Western world. The work explains the history of Buddhism, the differences in practice of its various branches and its rapid growth in the West. Author of numerous articles and poems in newspapers, magazines and professional journals, Kirby L. Whitacre is an athletic director at a large high school in northern Indiana. He has been a guest speaker on sports and mental health topics at state, multi-state, national and international conferences. His study of Buddhism began in 1976 and was highlighted by his becoming a Buddhist in the year 2000. In 2003, he attended the dedication of the Chamtse Ling Temple in Bloomington, Indiana, by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. In 2004, he took the Kalachakra Initiation from His Holiness in Toronto. Most recently, he has attended Dharma talks and a retreat led by the Venerable Wuling, a Buddhist nun and teacher of the Western Pure Land Tradition. Kirby lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and children.