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Encyclopedia of Buddhism
  • Format
  • Authored by: Edward A. Irons
  • From the Series: Encyclopedia of World Religions
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816054592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5459-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 294.303
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 672


In approximately 700 A-to-Z entries, Encyclopedia of Buddhism provides easy access to the terms, concepts, personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped shape the history of Buddhism and the way it is practiced today. Although the primary focus of the encyclopedia is clearly on Buddhism in all its forms, it also provides introductions to Daoism, Shinto, Confucianism, and other religious practices in East and Southeast Asia.

A comprehensive introduction that provides an overview of the tradition, a chronology, cross-references, further readings, a bibliography, a thorough index, and approximately 60 black-and-white photographs complete this volume. This easy-to-use and essential encyclopedia is ideal for high school and college students, researchers, and general readers.

Entries include:

  • Afghanistan, Buddhism in
  • Anatman
  • Angkor Wat
  • Asoka
  • Bodhi tree
  • Buddhas of the past
  • Buddhism in Cambodia
  • Buddhism in the United States
  • Pema Chodron
  • Christian-Buddhist relations
  • Confucian Classics
  • Dalai Lama
  • Daoism in China-Taiwan
  • Eightfold Path
  • Falun Gong
  • Feng shui
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Japan Buddhist Federation
  • Karma
  • Laozi
  • Mandala
  • Nirvana
  • Questions of King Milinda
  • Schools of Chinese Buddhism
  • Shinto
  • Stupa
  • Tea ceremony
  • Theravada
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Traditional Buddhist ethics
  • War and violence
  • Zen Buddhism.


Black-and-white photographs. Maps. Index. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Edward A. Irons is a consultant and director of the Institute for Culture, Commerce, and Religion—a research center considering cultural issues in China, particularly Hong Kong. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Reviews and Awards

"...a compelling, practical, and straightforward work."
School Library Journal

“…accessible…comprehensive…well suited for public libraries and academic collections.”



"Recommended for high school, undergraduate, and general readership collections..."
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