List of illustrations ; List of maps ; Acknowledgements ; Note on citations and pronunciation ; 1. Buddhism and elephants ; 2. The Buddha ; 3. Karma and rebirth ; 4. The Four Noble Truths ; 5. The Mahayana ; 6. The spread of Buddhism in Asia ; 7. Meditation ; 8. Ethics ; 9. Buddhism in the West ; Timeline ; Further Reading ; Index
Damien Keown is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Ethics at Goldsmiths College, London. He is Founding co-editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is also the author of Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2005) and co-editor of Encyclopaedia of Buddhism (Routledge, 2007). He is now retried.
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