Best book(s) that provide an overview of Different Buddhist schools

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Dragpo
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Best book(s) that provide an overview of Different Buddhist schools

Post by Dragpo » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:36 pm

Hi

Can anyone recommend a book or a selection of books that would cover all the major schools of Buddhism , I'm particularly looking for how they formed, similarities and differences, etc.

e.g. The Buddhist Schools of the Small Vehicle by André Bareau

The Buddhist Handbook: A Complete Guide to Buddhist Teaching and Practice by John Snelling seems like a possibility - can anyone elaborate on its usefulness.

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Re: Best book(s) that provide an overview of Different Buddhist schools

Post by SunWuKong » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:16 pm

Buddhism: An Introduction and Guide, Penguin UK, 2001; published in US as The Story of Buddhism, Harper: San Francisco, 2001

Italian translation, Che cos'è il Buddhismo, Rome, Ubaldini Editore, 2002.
Czech edition, 2003.
Spanish edition, 2009.

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Re: Best book(s) that provide an overview of Different Buddhist schools

Post by Fortyeightvows » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:21 am

Excavating buddhism by madhusudan sakya

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Re: Best book(s) that provide an overview of Different Buddhist schools

Post by Bristollad » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:32 pm

https://www.wisdompubs.org/sites/defaul ... review.pdf

But Chinese and Japanese schools are only lightly touched on if at all.

Here for a standard university introduction to different Mahayana thought and schools

http://www.khamkoo.com/uploads/9/0/0/4/ ... dition.pdf

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Re: Best book(s) that provide an overview of Different Buddhist schools

Post by Dragpo » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:30 am

Thanks all


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