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Essence of Buddhism : An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice

Baker & Taylor

Essence of Buddhism : An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice

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One of the clearest introductions to the teachings and philosophies of the three main schools of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Tibetan.

The Essence of Buddhism is a comprehensive overview of the Buddhist path from the perspective of the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Although these vehicles are associated with different attitudes toward Buddhist practice, basic to them all is the need to understand our own immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and The Essence of Buddhism serves as a handbook for the various meditative approaches of Buddhist practice. Along the way, it provides vivid definitions of fundamental Buddhist concepts, such as compassion, emptiness, and Buddha-nature, and answers common questions, such as:

‰_ Why does Buddhism teach that there is "no self"?

‰_ Are Buddhist teachings pessimistic?

‰_ Does Buddhism encourage social passivity?

‰_ What is the role of sex in Buddhist tantra?

‰_ Why is it said that samsara is nirvana?

‰_ Does it take countless lifetimes to attain enlightenment, or can it be achieved in a moment?

Includes a foreword from Sogyal Rinpoche.