One of the world's oldest and greatest religions, Buddhish—like its companions, Christianity and Islam—has experienced schism and division which scatter its teachings among separate sects, nations and sets of ritual practice. Nonetheless, it is possible to identify common teachings which form the essence of Buddhist belief. This book provides lucid explanations of such fundamental concepts as the Three Treasures, the seals of the law, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the law of causation, and the threefold learning—teachings that all Buddhists honor, which bare the heart of this complicated and magnificently profound religion.
Kogen Mizuno, Litt.D., a specialist in Indian philosophy and a renowned scholar of Buddhism, served till recently as president of Komazawa University, where he also taught Buddhology. An authority on Pali texts, he has published many, works on Buddhist subjects. His books in English include The Beginnings of Buddhism and Buddhist Sutras: Origin, Development, Transmission.