What Buddhists Believe

Pages: 224
Subject: Religion: Buddhism
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
Illustrations: glossary, further reading, index

What Buddhists Believe

Elizabeth Harris

Based on interviews with Buddhists living in both the West and the East, this is an innovative introduction to an ancient but continually expanding religion.
9781851681686 (29 Oct 1998)
RRP £21.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Based on interviews with Buddhists living in both the West and the East, this is an accessible overview of the Buddhist tradition, which draws on personal insights, scholarly and non-scholarly, to cover both the doctrines and practices of the faith.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Buddhism
Pages 224
Imprint Oneworld Academic
Illustrations glossary, further reading, index


About the Author

Elizabeth J. Harris holds a Doctorate in Buddhist studies and has spent over seven years carrying out research in Sri Lanka. Currently Secretary for Inter-Faith Relations in the Methodist Church, her specialist areas are Theravada Buddhism and Buddhism and women.


"I warmly recommend this book"

- Foundations

"An accessible introduction to the history, beliefs, practices, and traditional rituals of Buddhism"

- Theological Book Review

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 The Buddha: Teacher of Gods and Humans 8

2 What the Buddha Taught 35

3 Meditation: The Way to Enlightenment 65

4 Buddhism and Social Engagement 99

5 Women in Buddhism 131

6 Challenging and Reinforcing Culture 159

Appendix: A Brief Guide to the Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist Textual Tradition 199

The Contributors 201

Glossary 205

Further Reading 209

Index 213