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Book Title: Buddha for Beginners|
The author of the book: Stephen T. Asma
Edition: Writers & Readers Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780863161865
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.33 MB
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I had a chance earlier this year to read Columbia College Chicago professor Stephen Asma's Why I Am a Buddhist, and ended up really enjoying it, a no-nonsense and secular-slanted guide to this philosophy/religion that humorously takes the piss out of hippie New Agers; so I've decided to read several other of his books this summer as well, with this being the first one I finished. It's exactly what the title describes, with content that could've easily been in one of those "Buddhism for Dummies" series instead, punctuated with several hundred illustrations done by Asma himself; it covers the life of Buddha the man, the ways that Buddhism is a direct response to the Hinduism that was popular in his lifetime, the core principles of the philosophy, and the ways that Buddhism broke off into various competing sects after Buddha's death, including a huge wing of mystical and religious Buddhism that was the exact opposite of what he originally taught. Nothing too fancy, this is a great little guide for people like me who know barely anything about Buddhism, and can be read from start to finish in a single day.
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Read information about the authorStephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.
He is the author of "Why We Need Religion" (Oxford) and "Against Fairness" (University of Chicago Press), among others.
In 2003, he was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia. There he taught "Buddhist Philosophy" as part of their pilot Graduate Program in Buddhist Studies. His book, entitled The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha (HarperOne, 2005) explores the Theravada Buddhism of the region. He has also traveled and studied in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Mainland China – eventually living in Shanghai China in 2005.
Asma is the author of several books: "Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums" (Oxford University Press, 2001), "Following Form and Function" (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1996), and "Buddha for Beginners" (Hampton Roads, 2008). He has written many articles on a broad range of topics that bridge the humanities and sciences, including “Against Transcendentalism” in the book _Monty Python and Philosophy_ (Opencourt Press, 2006) and “Dinosaurs on the Ark: Natural History and the New Creation Museum” in _The Chronicle of Higher Education_ (May, 2007). He has also written for the _Chicago Tribune_, _In These Times_ magazine, the _Skeptical Inquirer_, the _Chronicle Review_, _Skeptic magazine_, and Chicago Public Radio's news-magazine show _Eight-Forty-Eight_.
His wide-ranging natural history of monsters was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. In this book, titled "On Monsters," Asma tours Western culture's worst nightmares. And his book "Why I Am a Buddhist" was published by Hampton Roads Publishing in 2009.
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