From its origins in India over two millennia ago, Buddhism spread throughout Asia and the world. This far-reaching and accessible introduction explains how Buddhism began, developed into its present-day form, and evolved in the West—where it now exerts increasing cultural influence. Complete with maps, diagrams, and illustrations, Buddhism provides detailed coverage of key topics such as karma, rebirth, meditation, and ethics, along with the distinguishing features of the main schools.
About the Author
DAMIEN KEOWN is Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is also the founding co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, and has published extensively on the subject.