Best History of Buddhism Books Reviewed By BookViral

"Wise advice for living a more grounded life..."

History of Buddhism

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  • Publisher: ‎ Renaissance Presentations, LLC (31 May 2022)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 63 pages
  • Genre: History of Buddhism


The BookViral Review:

Writings on the History of Buddhism and Buddhist enlightenment in the main fall into four major categories. The literal, moral, allegorical, and anagogical with many books proving complex and challenging reads. This has led to many authors on the subject floundering in the complexity of interpretation whilst others like Nora D’Ecclesis simply seek to enlighten and inform.

To this end, D’Ecclesis has compiled a clear and concise “overview” book on the History of Buddhism. Her book covering a brief biography of the historical Buddha and an explanation of how Buddhism grew and developed whilst expanding our understanding of Rohatsu which is unique to Mahayana Zen.

Bringing personal insights together with succinct references Zen Rohatsu is relatively short and yet it’s a read that demands reflection and isn’t taxing with D’Ecclesis presenting a broadly accessible perspective. Taking us from the origins of Buddhism to key events which have irrevocably shaped its practice.

Within its pages, readers will find wise advice for living a more grounded life, observant to the present moment, with lucid explanations of basic Buddhist teachings as D’Ecclesis walks the reader through the foundational doctrines of Buddhism. Including the Four Noble Truths, The Steps Of The Eightfold Path, The Three Pure Precepts and The Ten Grave Precepts. In addition to exploring the historically significant figures of Siddhartha (the founder of Buddhism), Bodhidharma (Father of Zen) and Ashoka (King of India and Buddhist Convert).

The majority of us make the mistake of compartmentalizing our lives. Some of us meditate on a regular basis, some study the Buddha’s teachings and attend retreats but it is not easy to consistently apply the wisdom of Dharma when faced with everything else that life throws at us. To this end, D’Ecclesis has aimed Zen Rohatsu not just at the students of Buddhism but also those drawn to its teachings who simply wish to delve deeper into their meaning and develop a greater understanding.

A concise and enlightening read that many of us would benefit from reading Zen Rohatsu is unreservedly recommended.

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