Good news! A new book by His Holiness and Ven. Thubten Chodron entitled “Buddhism: one teacher, many traditions” is coming out soon, and it sounds fascinating. This is a subject that I always wanted to learn more about.
Here’s the official description from Wisdom Publications:
In this new book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron (available November 2014; Wisdom Publications), readers will explore the convergence and divergence of two major Buddhist movements — the Sanskrit and the Pāli traditions. Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. All these traditions trace their beginnings to the teachings of one man in India 2,500 years ago. These teachings spread worldwide in all directions and into numerous languages, making Buddhism one of the today’s most influential religions.
The authors consider Buddhism’s core practices and tenets, such as the four noble truths, the practice of meditation, the cultivation of love, and the meaning of nirvāṇa, and how the traditions sometimes agree and sometimes differ in their interpretations. The authors’ respectful approach illuminates the many ways that all forms of Buddhism, amid their rich diversity, share a common heritage and common goals.
HOW TO PRE-ORDER/PURCHASE
Click here to pre-order/purchase the book from Wisdom Publications; available November 2014. To pre-order, click “add to cart.” Your copy will be mailed in November and you will not be charged until then. Chapter 1 is available on the website.
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