7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A solid introduction - especially to older Buddhism and its later evolution,
This review is from: The Foundations of Buddhism (OPUS) (Paperback)
There are many books on Buddhism but few do it justice. Peter Harvey's An Introduction to Buddhism and Lance Cousins' article in A New Hanbook of Living Religions by Penguin represent some of the best overviews available in print in English.
This book ranks at about the same level. It starts with the discovery of some of the bones of the historical Buddha and is enlighteningly sceptical about how much we can really know and state about the sources and the history of Buddhism. But it is written with feeling and provides an in depth study of major concepts and Buddhist cosmology.
Dr Gethin practices Buddhist meditation and has written a very academic tome on the 37 factors of enlightenment. He writes with an open authority and this book "cannot be faulted".