Buddhism Author:Richard A. Gard (Editor) This volume presents the beliefs and practices of Buddhism as expressed in the major writings of the Buddhist tradition. The first section describes the teachings of the Buddha and the development of his religion. The basic philosophy of Buddhism is then discussed: its view of the problem of life and the nature of existence; its interpretation o... more »f freedom; is explanation of the relation of being, thought, and action. From these principles arise the practices of he Buddhist religion: the training process, the paths of Buddhism, the principles of ideal conduct. This section closes with a description of principal Buddhist ceremonies and rituals.
Buddhist monasticism is described in authoritative documens.
The final section is of significance for understanding the role of Buddhism today. Buddhist thought on social, political, and cultural issues, and indicates the role which Buddhism may play in the future development of the East.« less