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'In a crowded field of introductory textbooks, Buddhisms: An Introduction registers several significant accomplishments. It presents an authoritative, highly detailed picture of what makes Asian Buddhist traditions both coherent and diverse. It also combines nuanced depictions of past narratives and historical accounts with informative vignettes of present-day experiences. Written with great clarity and sensitivity, the book draws upon an exhaustive collection of secondary sources to convey many current theories held by scholars today. This work is a welcome addition to the genre of books that survey the development of Buddhism across Asia.' -- Stephen C. Berkwitz, Missouri State University 'Buddhisms: An Introduction is a Brueghalian masterpiece, which conveys the age-old religious themes in a setting of lived reality touched with hints of humour, reaching out to the reader with comments on the familiar to explain to them the new, offering intriguing perspectives, both broad and focused, on all of Buddhism's bewildering diversity. The effect is somewhat breathtaking - so much covered so apparently effortlessly.' -- Kate Crosby, Professor of Buddhist Studies, King's College London

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John S. Strong is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religion, Bates College, in Maine, USA. Specializing in history of religions, Asian religions, and Buddhist Studies, with a focus on Buddhist legendary and cultic traditions in India and South Asia. He is the author of numerous books and articles including The Buddha: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld).

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`An original contribution and approach to this 2,500 year-old religion, with its precise explanations fortified by tables and information on further reading'. * East and West Series *
`This substantial study is a near-comprehensive digest of the history of Buddhism in its multiple forms... Exemplary for its organization and writing, this work is likely to become the standard single-volume text on Buddhism for the student, whether within the walls of the academy or without.' * Library Journal *
`Deftly selecting material from a vast tradition, Strong guides the reader through complex topics with precision, clarity, and insight... readers eager to dive into a rigorous, well-organized investigation of Buddhism's intricate 2500-year-old history will find much to reward them.' * Publishers Weekly *
`Buddhisms: An Introduction is a Brueghalian masterpiece, which conveys the age-old religious themes in a setting of lived reality touched with hints of humour, offering intriguing perspectives on all of Buddhism's bewildering diversity. The effect is somewhat breathtaking - so much covered so apparently effortlessly.' -- Kate Crosby, Professor of Buddhist Studies, King's College London
`Written with great clarity and sensitivity... this work is a welcome addition to the genre of books that survey the development of Buddhism across Asia.' -- Stephen C. Berkwitz, Missouri State University

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