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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sign-post to the right path, 16 July 2013
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This review is from: Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction 2/e (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
The Very Short Introduction series are written by professors of the subject and are aimed at provoking cross-discipline intrigue in the reader that may incite further investigation and reading - and boy are they good at achieving exactly that; often they leave more questions than answers.

This book on Buddhism is the perfect entry point for initiates or even anyone merely curious about the religion, I personally feel that the 'religion' is one of the most accessible and one that require the least suspension of belief. For this reason I was curious about the central tenets and the VSI: Buddhism is fantastic in that respect. Laying out in an orderly manner, the origins, the history and the details of the man himself and his central doctrines. It then goes on about the schisms within the belief and their geographical distribution, finishing finally with the basics of meditation and the interpretation of Buddhism in the colloquial West.

But where this book comes into it's own [it is one of the most popular VSI's - this, the second edition] is the simplicity and continuity of the book, it reads seamlessly and I found myself drinking in the 140-odd A6 pages of text (the remaining 20 or so are addenda, further reading and the catalogue list of VSIs) fascinated by the concepts. Before long, I was weighing my personal inclination to Theravāda or Mahāyāna without actually even realising it, I had become that enthralled with the concepts and the clarity of their distinction.

A truly great introduction to the layman to a fascinating and accessible subject, that may just change your life!
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