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Jonathan Landaw , Stephan Bodian , Gudrun Bühnemann
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Embarking on a Journey: The Basics of Buddhism 7 Chapter 1: Entering the World of Buddhism: The Basics 9 Chapter 2: Understanding Your Mind: The Creator of All Experience 21 Part II: A Short History of Buddhism 35 Chapter 3: Surveying the Life and Teachings of the Historical Buddha 37 Chapter 4: The Development of Buddhism on the Indian Subcontinent 63 Chapter 5: Watching Developments Continue to the Present Day 85 Part III: Behaving Like a Buddhist 119 Chapter 6: Turning to Buddhism 121 Chapter 7: Meditation: A Central Practice of Buddhism 139 Chapter 8: A Day in the Life of a Buddhist Practitioner 161 Chapter 9: Walking in the Buddha′s Footsteps 181 Part IV: Exploring the Buddhist Path 195 Chapter 10: What Is Enlightenment, Anyway? 197 Chapter 11: A Matter of Life and Death 217 Chapter 12: Minding the Concept of Karma 233 Chapter 13: Breaking Free of the Cycle of Dissatisfaction 249 Chapter 14: Fulfi lling Your Highest Potential 269 Chapter 15: Life Stories of Four Buddhist Masters 289 Part V: The Part of Tens 307 Chapter 16: Ten Common Misconceptions about Buddhism 309 Chapter 17: Ten Ways Buddhism Can Help You Deal with Life′s Problems 317 Part VI: Appendixes 329 Appendix A: Explaining Buddhist Terms 331 Appendix B: Additional Buddhist Resources to Check Out 337 Index 347

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