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Buddhist Precept And Practice

Richard F. Gombrich (Author)

When this book was first published, in 1971, under the title Buddhist Precept and Practice. The Times Literary Supplement wrote: " This is an epoch-making piece of research which must mark a change in direction and appreciation if it is taken seriously and studied in detail. Dr. Gombrich is concerned with religious change in belief and practice, not only in modern times but over the two and a half millennia during which Buddhism has flourished. He concludes that Sinhalese Buddhism has been remarkably conservative and rejects the assumption that it degenerated from an original high standard, by questioning whether it ever was as pure as a superficial reading of classical texts might suggest… It would be very difficult to provide a combination of scholarship and sympathy such as that which pervades Dr. Gombrich's book and makes it a landmark in the study of religion." Out of print for many years, the book is now republished corrected but substantially unchanged.

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About the author

Richard F. Gombrich

Richard F. Gombrich is currently the Boden Professor Sanskrit of Oxford University. He has written numerous books and articles on Buddhism, but his most recent include The World of Buddhism: Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Society and culture (1991) and Buddhist Percept and Practise (1991). He is the President of the Pali Text Society and won the Sri Lanka Ranjana award in 1994 and the SC Chakrabarty medal from the Asiatic Society the previous year.

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Bibliographic information

Title Buddhist Precept And Practice
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788120807808
length 440p., 8.8" X 5.8"