AnIllustrated Outline of Buddhism is an ideal introduction to the vast and complex field of Buddhism, a world religion with more than a billion followers. In its short format and accessible style, it presents the essential features of the Buddhist religion with a clear yet concise style that is suitable for both the general reader and student of Buddhism. This fully color edition contains 40 color illustrations, including a stunning array of outstanding examples of Buddhist art, architecture, statuary, and calligraphy. Numerous maps, diagrams, and charts are included to illustrate important aspects of Buddhist beliefs and to summarize the different cultural forms and developmental phases of Buddhism. A select bibliography for further reading and a detailed index will also aid the reader.
William Stoddart was born in Carstairs, Scotland in 1925, lived most of his life in London, England, and now lives in Windsor, Ontario. For many years Stoddart was assistant editor of the British journal Studies in Comparative Religion. Stoddart's works include Outline of Hinduism, Outline of Sufism: The Essentials of Islamic Spirituality, and What Does Islam Mean in Today's World? Religion, Politics, Spirituality. Joseph Fitzgerald is a professional editor. He studied Comparative Religion at Indiana University and has traveled extensively throughout the Far East. His edited works includes the award-winning An Illustrated Introduction to Taosim by Jean C. Cooper. He lives with his wife and children in Bloomington, Indiana.