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
Jonathan Landaw is the former English Translation Editor, Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Stephan Bodian has studied and practices several schools of Buddhism. Gudrun Buhnemann, Professor, teaches the Sanskrit Language and its literature, along with courses on the religions of South Asia.
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