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This book brings together fifteen essays from outstanding Buddhist scholars from North America, Europe, Asia and Europe. It offers a unique portrayal of the “life” of Buddhism. Contributors focus on various religious practices in the Buddhist world, including those from Sri Lanka, New York, Japan, and Tibet. These essays do not focus on Buddhist doctrines or sacred texts but the actual behavior of Buddhist followers. Frank E. Reynolds and Jason A. Carbine provide a brief history and describe the three main branches of Buddhist tradition: the Hinayana/Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana branches. They are located in Sri Lanka and most of Southeast Asia. The book also highlights a unique form of Buddhism, which is becoming more popular among non-Asian Buddhists in the West. Each essay is introduced by the editors with a brief commentary which places its contents within the Buddhist tradition in general. These pieces provide concise descriptions and analyses of specific aspects of Buddhist life. They include temple architecture and iconography as well as the consecration and ritual of sacred objects. The topics covered include: the creation of religio–political and religiously-social hierarchies; gender roles; the management of asocial behaviour; and dealing with death and dying.

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