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Buddhism : an introduction to the Buddha's life, teachings, and practices / Joan Duncan Oliver.

Oliver, Joan Duncan, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Bagley Public Library 294.3 OLI (Text) 33500013056106 New Available -
Crookston Public Library 294.3 OLI (Text) 33500013056114 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781250313683
  • ISBN: 1250313686
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martins Essentials, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: The Buddha -- The history -- The teachings -- The practices.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    Nearly 500 million people in the world consider themselves Buddhists, Oliver asserts, 1.1 percent of whom are North Americans. Those seekers who wish to join their ranks will find Oliver's clear exposition of her subject a useful introduction. She begins her guidance with a biography of the Buddha, followed by a history of the evolution of Buddhism and its teachings after the Buddha's death, bringing her coverage up to the current day to include the presence of cyber-sanghas (communities of followers) using such new methods of delivery of the Dharma (teachings and practices taught by the Buddha) as podcasts and social media. She then moves to the heart of her book, an introduction to the teachings themselves and the practices. Though these are sometimes arcane, ("Wrapping one's arms around the Buddha's teachings is, in one sense, a challenge"), Oliver's coverage is clearly written and illuminating. Happily, a glossary of Buddhism's sometimes esoteric terms is appended for reference. Libraries will welcome this latest addition to St. Martin's Essential Wisdom Library. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JOAN DUNCAN OLIVER is a contributing editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, O: the Oprah Magazine, Health, Shambhala Sun, and The Best Buddhist Writing 2005. Her books include Happiness, Good Karma, Coffee with the Buddha, The Meaning of Nice, and Commit to Sit, an anthology of articles from Tricycle. A Buddhist practitioner for 40 years, she has studied with teachers from the Zen, Vipassana, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and from Bön, the indigenous religion of Tibet.

Subject: Gautama Buddha.
Gautama Buddha.

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