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Theravada Buddhism - Simple Guides [Kindle Edition]

Diana St. Ruth
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Book Description


• to appreciate the timeless wisdom of the oldest form of Buddhism in existence today

• to understand what it means to be a Buddhist

• to recognize the key practices and traditions of Theravada Buddhism

• to avoid faux pas in conversation, in travelling and in personal relationships


Simple Guides: Religion is a series of concise, accessible introductions to the world’s major religions. Written by experts in the field, they offer an engaging and sympathetic description of the key concepts, beliefs and practices of different faiths.

Ideal for spiritual seekers and travellers alike, Simple Guides aims to open the doors of perception. Together the books provide a reliable compass to the world’s great spiritual traditions, and a point of reference for further exploration and discovery. By offering essential insights into the core values, customs and beliefs of different
societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural sensibilities of their hosts, and to behave in a way that fosters mutual respect and understanding.

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About the Author

BOTH THE AUTHORS were born in 1943, Richard in London, Diana in Leicester, and both developed an interest in Buddhism during their teens. They were married in 1969. In 1983 they founded the Buddhist Publishing Group, and in 1989 started the magazine Buddhism Now, of which they are joint editors. They also organize annual Buddhist summer schools. Other titles by the authors include: An Introduction to Buddhism, BPG, 1988; Zen Graffiti, BPG 1991; Experience Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation, BPG, 1993; The Little Book of Buddhist Wisdom, Element, 1997; Sitting: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Penguin, 1998; and in the Simple Guide series, Zen Buddhism. We would like to express our grateful thanks to Don E. Whitbread for his helpful comments on the manuscript.

Product Details

  • File Size: 986 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Guides (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857334345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857334340
  • ASIN: B00541AWAI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect introduction to the basics! January 11, 2008
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This compact little book is really a find! Gives a basic and common sense introduction to the subject, and makes an excellent resourse for review and passing on to others.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners October 26, 2009
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This book is very simple to follow and learn about Theravada Buddhism. I'm a Theravada Buddhist and I bought it so I can read it to my daughter (who is currently only 17 months old but she will grow into the book).

This book is good for anyone interested in an intro to buddhism.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accesible and Concise. April 22, 2013
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This book does exactly what it states. It gives you the bear heart of what Theravada Buddhism is, what those who practice it generally think as well as the layman views on it from east and western points. It does it in a way which is long and deep enough to give you what you want to know and a little more. Without over complicating it with alot of opinions, and degressions! Absolutely worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to read before visiting south-east Asia February 19, 2014
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Very nice introduction to Theravada and general Buddhism foundations.
Good to read befor goint to Theravada country as it touches cultural issues that may arise without some knowledge, eg why monks do not behave gratefull when dontated etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE AND clear! January 5, 2014
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I got this book because it's title says: Simple!
I like simple, especially in subjects that may be daunting due to strange terminology.
The author took.pains to present the subject understandably and with clear definitions of Pali and Sanskrit words.
Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book to learn about Buddhism September 14, 2013
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I purchased this book as I am new to the Buddhist teachings and wanted to learn the basics. This is a great little book that you can read in an afternoon and covers just that, the basic teachings and practices of Buddhism. It is an easy read and I recommend as a starter book in learning Buddhism.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice hand book
Came in very good shape. I really like the organization of the book eve though I haven't been able to read it yet.
Published 12 months ago by Melissa Fabian
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm quite pleased............
I started to give the book 4 stars, because it has ink underlining on several pages, is a used book, and other than that, it was in new condition. So.....5 stars.
Published 17 months ago by Peggy Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book. I recommend it to everyone who is into...
All I can says is this book is great. It is very easy to understand and reads quickly. I am learning more about Buddhism and this is a really good way to begin...or continue.
Published 17 months ago by Carole Heller
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
This guide was accessible but not simplistic. I thought it struck a good balance in that regard and I found it personally helpful.
Published 17 months ago by Gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Theravada Buddhism
This is a good, short, simple explanation of this branch of Buddhism. I wanted to understand the difference of the various versions of Buddhism, but especially the form practiced... Read more
Published on December 8, 2012 by R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Wanted
Small, simple and to the point; very informative and "understandable". Glad I purchased this book! I would recommend this, if you are looking for an "explanation" of Theravada... Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Mary Jo Watson
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