Buddhism: An Introduction

Buddhism or Buddhisms? By the time they learn about Buddhism in Japan, many students who have studied its origins in India ask whether this is in fact the same religion. In “Buddhisms: An Introduction,” John S. Strong provides an overview of the Buddhist tradition in all its different forms around the world. Beginning at the modern-day temples of Lumbini, where the Buddha was born, Strong takes us through the life of the Buddha and a study of Buddhist doctrine, revealing how Buddhism has changed just as it has stayed the same. Finally, Strong examines the nature of Buddhist community life and its development today in Thailand, Japan and Tibet. Enriched by the author’s own insights gathered over 40 years, “Buddhisms” never loses sight of the personal experience amid the wide scope of its subject. Clear in its explanations, and replete with tables and suggestions for further reading, this is an essential new work that makes original contributions to the study of this 2,500-year-old religion.


Additional Information:

  • Author: John S. Strong
  • Published 2015
  • 480 pages, softcover
  • 9 X 6 inches