What Do Buddhists Believe? | Granta

  • Published: 03/04/2006
  • ISBN: 9781862078352
  • 129x20mm
  • 100 pages

What Do Buddhists Believe?

Tony Morris

‘I believe that every human being has an innate desire for happiness and does not want to suffer. I also believe that the very purpose of life is to experience this happiness’ The Dalai Lama

Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest and most widespread belief systems. Its history spans two and a half thousand years and Buddhism today has over 500 million adherents throughout almost every country in the world. Virtually unknown outside Asia until the last century, it is now the fastest-growing religion in the West. What is it about Buddhism that attracts so many in an age when people seem to be turning away from organized religion?

The teachings of Buddhism are voluminous and varied, and it has a well-developed philosophical and mystical dimension; but at its core is a simple set of propositions and practices designed to meet the practical day-to-day concerns of ordinary people: how to live a compassionate, creative, wise and, above all, happy life. Tony Morris explores Buddhism’s appeal and gives an acute insight into its essential beliefs.

The Author

Tony Morris is a publisher, dedicated walker, former director of Theatre de Complicite and writer. He grew up in Belfast, studied at Cambridge and now lives in London with his wife and daughter. A historian by background, he first encountered Buddhism fifteen years ago. His books include In the Footsteps of the Buddha and How Buddhism Came to Oxford.

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