This is an enlightening guide for students of Buddhism from the different schools and traditions. This long awaited book, from leading expert Anil Goonewardene, is an insightful, lively and readable account of Buddhism. Drawing on over twenty years of teaching experience, Goonewardene sets out to demonstrate that the three key traditions of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana) are all routed in the same foundations and that the central teachings of these different schools are the same. This unique book presents Buddhism as a living, practical religion, giving readers an enlightening insight into an often mystifying tradition. "Buddhayana: Living Buddhism" offers a fascinating perspective on Buddhism, in all its beauty and nobility, though the eyes of a practicing Buddhist born and raised in the tradition that has guided millions of people since its beginnings. Divided into five parts, covering all aspects of Buddhism - from the lives of the Buddha to the various sections of the Buddhist community - the book also includes two appendices focusing on the Buddhist view of death, and a case study of Buddhist rebirth.
Anil Goonewardene has taught for twenty years at the London Buddhist Vihara's Dhamma School, as well as at the Buddhist Society, UK. He has also taught Buddhism at London Metropolitan University, UK and is the Buddhist representative on the Religious Education Council in England and Wales. Sri Lankan born, Anil makes regular trips to his home country, taking part in radio debates and giving talks on Buddhism.
Foreward; Preface; Introduction; Part One - Current Teaching Begins; 1. Previous Life (Jataka) Stories; 2. Life of Gotama (Sakyamuni) Buddha; 3. History and Development; 4. Literature; Part Two - Teaching (Dhamma, Dharma); 5. Four Noble Truths; 6. Three Signs of Being; 7. Actions and Results (Kamma and Vipaka); 8. Rebirth, Rebecoming; 9. Wheel of Life; 10. The Dhammapada; Part Three - Practice; 11. Lay Persons' Morality; 12. Worship and Veneration; 13. Art, Architecture, Artifacts, Symbols; 14. Pilgrimage, Festivals and Celebrations; 15. Meditation, Mindfulness, Retreats; Part Four - Community; 16. Ordained Sangha, Lay Persons; 17. Arahats, Bodhisattas, Bodhisattvas; 18. The Buddha; Part Five - Buddhism; 19. Past, Present and Future; Glossary; Appendix I - Facing Death with A Smile; Appendix II - An Interesting case of Rebirth; Bibliography; Index.