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The author of the book: Stephen T. Asma
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Edition: For Beginners, LLC
Date of issue: May 2015
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Despite widespread popularity of Buddhist practices (like meditation and yoga), there remains little understanding of the traditions and beliefs behind them.
"Buddha For Beginners" is a comprehensive introduction to the spiritual leader—a real person, named Siddhartha Gautama—who founded Buddhism. Within the contents of this book, Dr. Stephen T. Asma explains the Buddha’s ideology and explores the major philosophical questions that lie at Buddhism’s core.
Additionally, "Buddha For Beginners" studies the similarities and differences between Buddhism and analogous spiritual practices like Theravada, Madhyamika, Tantric, and Zen, as well as modern Buddhist schools of thought and Western philosophies.
It’s not only a book, but an experience; Using concrete knowledge and intuitive wisdom, Buddha educates while channeling the metaphysical components—such as peace and harmony—for which Buddhism is so well-known.
As a result, "Buddha For Beginners" is a definitive and fundamental foundation for understanding the creation and practice of Buddhist philosophy while challenging and enlightening readers.
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Read information about the authorStephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.
He is the author of "Against Fairness" (University of Chicago Press).
In 2003, he was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia. There he taught "Buddhist Philosophy" as part of their pilot Graduate Program in Buddhist Studies. His book, entitled The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha (HarperOne, 2005) explores the Theravada Buddhism of the region. He has also traveled and studied in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Mainland China – eventually living in Shanghai China in 2005.
Asma is the author of several books: "Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums" (Oxford University Press, 2001), "Following Form and Function" (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1996), and "Buddha for Beginners" (Hampton Roads, 2008). He has written many articles on a broad range of topics that bridge the humanities and sciences, including “Against Transcendentalism” in the book _Monty Python and Philosophy_ (Opencourt Press, 2006) and “Dinosaurs on the Ark: Natural History and the New Creation Museum” in _The Chronicle of Higher Education_ (May, 2007). He has also written for the _Chicago Tribune_, _In These Times_ magazine, the _Skeptical Inquirer_, the _Chronicle Review_, _Skeptic magazine_, and Chicago Public Radio's news-magazine show _Eight-Forty-Eight_.
His wide-ranging natural history of monsters was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. In this book, titled "On Monsters," Asma tours Western culture's worst nightmares. And his book "Why I Am a Buddhist" was published by Hampton Roads Publishing in 2009.
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