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Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby bodom » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:05 pm

I am looking for an indepth up-to-date encyclopedia on Buddhism that covers all schools, all doctrines and the whole history and development. I have came across a few on Amazon and such but am looking for personal recommendations. Thanks!

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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Stephen K » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:31 pm

What about Wikipedia?
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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby bodom » Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:32 pm

Stefan wrote:What about Wikipedia?


Thanks Stefan but i was looking for something in book form.

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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:58 pm

an online encyclopedia for Dhamma may be found at the bottom of any page on Dhammawheel!

as for book form I have no Idea about which is better than another but

http://www.wisdom-books.com/SiteSearchR ... ubmit=+Go+
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Reductor » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:15 am

Not quite an encyclopedia, but I suspect it will have a lot in it related to your interest.

http://www.amazon.com/Buddhist-Religion ... 673&sr=8-1

Has the venerable Paññāsikhara any comment on this, book, by the way? I have wondered if it is fair to the other traditions.
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Re: Buddhist Encyclopedia

Postby Kare » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:59 am

Not exactly a large encyclopedia, but still very good:

Damien Keown: Dictionary of Buddhism http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Buddhi ... 745&sr=8-4

A much larger book (and also very good): Philippe Cornu: Dictionnaire Encyclopédique du Bouddhisme http://www.amazon.fr/Dictionnaire-encyclopédique-bouddhisme-Philippe-Cornu/dp/2020822733/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264931829&sr=8-3
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