Buddhism, by Donald W. Mitchell

Newcomers to the Buddhist tradition are often bewildered by the sheer variety of often contradictory perspectives and approaches. From early in its history, Buddhism has been creative and flexible in adapting to the cultures it encountered across Asia and, in more recent times, Europe and America. Many Buddhist traditions, from Sri Lanka to Korea, from Tibet to Japan, now can be encountered in urban and rural monastic settings across the U.S. This mix of cultures and forms of Buddhist practice can be both enticing and baffling.

 

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