Traces the basic history, beliefs and nature of Buddhism in easy-to-understand language; Written by renowned Buddhist scholar, Bernard Faure, it is an ideal. Traces the basic history, beliefs and nature of Buddhism ineasy-to-understand languageWritten by renowned Buddhist scholar, Bernard Faure. Traces the basic history, beliefs and nature of Buddhism in easy-to-understand language Written by renowned Buddhist scholar, Bernard Faure, it is an ideal.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Unmasking Buddhism by Bernard Faure. Unmasking Buddhism by Bernard Faure. An ideal unmaskiny to Buddhism for uunmasking who has unansweredquestions about one of the world’s largest and most popularreligions. A fascinating, short book that challenges us to strip awayexisting preconceptions we may have about Buddhism Considers questions such as: Can we talk of Buddhism as aunified religion or are there many Buddhisms?
Is Buddhism areligion of toleran An ideal introduction to Buddhism for anyone who has unansweredquestions about one of the world’s largest bdrnard most popularreligions. Is Buddhism areligion of tolerance and pacifism as many people think? And isBuddhism a religion without god sor is it more of a philosophythan a religion?
Traces the basic history, beliefs and nature of Buddhism ineasy-to-understand language Written by renowned Buddhist scholar, Bernard Faure, it is anideal introduction for anyone who has unanswered questions aboutone of the world’s largest and most popular religions Paperbackpages.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 14, mn rated it liked it Shelves: After reading this book, I gotta ask- what is Buddism? Is it a religion?
Buddhism is a growing budhism with some in the West these days, but how many really understand it? Faure puts Buddhism under the microscope, exposing various misconceptions people have, and contradictions within Buddhism itself. Many people don’t realize that Siddharta Gautama, the Buddha, was not a historical person. The writer did take sides on this issue, only saying such a Buddha is a buddyism or ideal to After reading this book, I gotta ask- what is Buddism?
The writer did take sides on this issue, only saying such a Buddha is a model or ideal to be followed. He shows us Buddhism doesn’t believe in a separate self but believes in rebirth.
What entity is reborn? Again the writer says, denial of the self-undermines the concept of karma. Traditional Buddhism is world denying. In theory, Buddhism may affirm we are all equal, but this is not always so in practice.
Misogyny has been prevalent in Buddhism, though is under challenge today. Nuns were never given full ordination, and it was held that only men could achieve liberation.
Faure, with this penetrating analysis, offers Westerners the opportunity to remove their rose coloured glasses and view Buddhism in a more objective manner. It also examines the many Western myths around the religion and tries to determine the true picture.
As nice as it is to believe that Buddhism is a non-religious religion budfhism provides the tools to allow anyone to live a ‘spiritual’ life, this is not necessarily true, at least not for millions of practicing Buddhists, mainly in Asia, for whom it is a living religions with a pantheon of gods and demons. This is a fascinating book on a complex topic and has given much food for thought, whilst puncturing many of my unthinking preconceptions of this religion.
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Varn rated it really liked it. Engaging critical introduction to many elements of Buddhism that have been obscured by “Buddhist modernism. While there is nothing in this book that would surprise anyone with a strong s Engaging critical introduction to many elements of Buddhism that have been obscured by “Buddhist modernism.
While there is nothing in this book that would surprise anyone with a strong scholarly background in Buddhism or even a history in the religious texts beyond popular introductions, it is very recommended for laypersons interested in the subject and whose prior exposure has been largely apologetic works. Sep 13, Marsha Altman rated it really liked it Shelves: A short but comprehensive bdudhism at the way Buddhism is perceived in the West and how it has actually operated for the past years.
The author also discusses the distinctions between Greater and Lesser Vehicle sects, between Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, Japan, and East Asia, and some of the contradictions in literature about Buddhism. This should not be your first book on Buddhism. Mild understanding of the historical nature of Buddhism is required, or helps a lot. Jun 16, Jupiter rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think everyone that thinks Buddhism is a “philosophy” should read this.
I read it for my exam of East Asian Religions and found it very enlightning, because everything we westerner believe of buddhism is actual a well crafted construct, and Buddhism is a religion exactly as the others. Jun 02, Buddjism rated it it was amazing.
One of the easiest books about Buddhism fundamentals. Apr 14, Charlane Brady rated it really liked it. Faure breaks downs the misconceptions and writes clearly about some of the confusing aspects of Buddhism.
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