With over fifteen hundred entries and forty-six illustrations, A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen is the most complete compact reference work of its kind available in the English language. It is designed not only for students and meditators but also as a tool to help familiarize all readers with Buddhist terms and concepts—such as chakra, karma, koan, nirvana, and tantra—that are encountered with increasing regularity in the literature of a wide range of fields today. The lives and teachings of important philosophers and meditation masters, the variety of practices, the basic texts and scriptures, and the range of sects and schools of thought are among the subjects covered. Pronunciation tables, a comprehensive bibliography, and a Ch’an/Zen lineage chart are also provided.
"An A–Z dictionary of fifteen hundred terms commonly encountered, and more esoteric, compiled by a team of Buddhist scholars." —Library Journal
"This handy, comprehensive volume is an ideal reference tool and resource for all who are interested in the many facets as well as various schools of theory and practice of Buddhist traditions throughout Asia. The dictionary should be a close companion for both the serious student and those developing a new awareness of Buddhist studies." —Dr. Steven Heine, Director of Asian Studies, Florida International University, co-editor of Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition
"A useful—indeed essential—source of just the kind of authoritative information any knowledgeable person needs in the post-secular era of today. The material is judiciously selected and helpfully organized for ready access." —Professor Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School, author of The Secular City and Turning East
"This is a work no student of religion can dispense with. It is a highly professional, specialized, yet broadly informative book. It is an excellent instrument of knowledge for an essentially pluralistic age." —Ioan P. Couliano, author of Out of This World: Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein.