A Concise History of Buddhism

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By Andrew Skilton.

Buddhism can appear to be a confusing variety of schools, teachings, and methods. Since its beginnings 2500 years ago in India it has undergone many changes. As the Buddha's message spread across Asia it encountered new cultures, and different ways to express its central teachings evolved, leading to the wide variety of methods and schools from which we can now choose. To help us explore this rich world Andrew Skilton, a practicing Buddhist and Buddhist scholar, presents a clear, concise overview of the teachings, schools, and methods of Buddhism and gives an excellent introduction to its history.