Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo

Theravada Buddhism A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo Written by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism this up dated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and politic

  • Title: Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo
  • Author: Richard F. Gombrich
  • ISBN: 9780415365086
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Written by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism, this up dated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha s predecessors and the social and religious contexts against which Buddhism has developed and changedWritten by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism, this up dated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha s predecessors and the social and religious contexts against which Buddhism has developed and changed throughout history, demonstrating above all, how it has always influenced and been influenced by its social surroundings in a way which continues to this day.

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    • Frank Jude says:

      This is a great, easily readable book about a topic that could have been tediously dry. I recommend it to all contemporary practitioners of Buddhism. It's first five chapters alone are worth the price of the book as Gombrich details the social climate that went into conditioning the Buddha's path and teachings.This book will also disabuse those western practitioners overly idealistic about "Buddhism" and perhaps lead to a more level-headed and nuanced understanding of this rich, complex and ever [...]

    • Jakub says:

      I am no too thrilled with this book. Although there is some good information every couple pages, it is generally boring read with way too many specifics that do not matter. I catch myself reading an not even paying attention after a while so I have to break up my reading sessions. In addition the author writes in a very bias way, often stating his opinion as if it were fact. My professor even said that this is the most dry read that we will have this semester, so I am just looking forward to get [...]

    • Krupakaran says:

      This is not a book on Buddhist philosophy but on Theravada Buddhism and its history with particular focus on SriLanka. However, no book on Buddhism can completely obviate Buddhist philosophy, so we find it sprinkled in the text.It also requires some understanding of basic Buddhist terms like nibbana for better understanding. This is not meant as an introduction to Buddhism.Unless one is interested in the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, it requires dogged determination to complete it. But it pr [...]

    • Jessica Zu says:

      a true classic! Clearly written by an erudite scholar.

    • Nick says:

      Readable, thoughtful histories of Buddhism are difficult to come by. Most of the material that exists follows the more populist Mahayana branch or the Tibetan version, which has the advantage of a tragic recent past and a dynamic leader. Gombrich is an expert on Theraveda (dismissively referred to as Hinayana, or the Lesser Vehicle by the Mahayanas), particularly is it is practiced in Sri Lanka, where a number of important shrines are located. Gombrich follows the vicissitudes of Sri Lankan Budd [...]

    • Derek Baldwin says:

      Excellent overview of Theravada, with particular emphasis on Sri Lanka, chosen because the country was never subjected to any strong Islamic influences so we can reasonably assume that Theravadin practise today is generally faithful to the canon. Scholarly, but written clearly and without jargon or obfuscation, though I had to remind myself of the meaning of soteriology and terms of that kind. I learned a lot from this book and will refer back to it I'm sure.

    • Amanda says:

      Good general opening to Theravada Buddhism. A Western orientation is openly admitted, through which the morality of Theravada Buddhism is examined. Gombrich, as a believer, argues that Theravada Buddhism is a soteriological religion. Basics of the Dhamma, buddhist cosmology, and the history of the sangha are covered.

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