Buddhism is one of the world's major religions. It began in northern India approximately 2,500 years ago. It is very different from other major world religions. It requires no belief in God, but simply a willingness to commit oneself to the following:
- the Buddha (the ideal of enlightenment)
- the Dharma (his teaching)
- the Sangha (the community of his followers)
Buddhists believe that everyone has to potential to become 'enlightened', that is to come to understand the truth about life.
Books on our shelves:
- Buddhism =294.3
Enter the following terms into a keyword search on the Library catalogue:
- The Pali Canon
Many of the Library's books on World Religions have chapters devoted to Buddhism. They provide good outlines of the beliefs and practices of this religion.
- Britannica Online *You will need your user name and password to use these resources.
- The Buddhists in Australia by Enid Adam and Philip J. Hughes
- Journey for peace: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama photographed by Manual Bauer with text by Matthew Ricard and Christian Schmidt
- Mandala: the architecture of enlightenment by Denis Patry Leidy and Robert A.F. Thurman
Audio Visual Resources
- Seven wonders of the Buddhist world [Digital movie]
Eight aspects of Buddhism
- Library resource: Gerner, K. (2008), Buddhism, Macmillan, South Yarra.
- eReserve : Adams, S. ( 2000), Buddhism - The Life of Buddha - Types of Buddhism, in World Religions, Lorenz Books, London, pp.36-29.
- eReserve: Thompson, M, 2003, 'What do Buddhists believe?', in Buddhism, Chrysalis Books, London, pp.6-16.
- Web resource: What do Buddhists believe?
Myths and other stories
- Library resource: Wilkinson, P, 2008, 'Myths of Buddhism', in Chinese myth: a treasury of legends, art and history, New Burlington Books, London, pp. 74-89.
- eReserve: Wilkinson, P, 2003, 'Demons and gods', in Buddhism, Dorling Kindersley, London, pp. 40-41.
- Web resource: Buddhist stories
- Library resource: The Tipitaka and other Buddhist texts by Anita Ganeria
- eReserve: Clarke, S, Thompson M, 1999, 'Scriptures', in Buddhism: a new approach, Hodder & Stoughton, London, pp. 55-66.
- Web resource: Buddhist scriptures
- Library resource: Willson, A, 1999, Buddhist temples, Heinemann Library, Oxford.
- eReserve: Gerner, K, 'Worship practices', in Buddhism, MacMillan Library, South Yarra, pp.14-15.
- Web resource: Buddhist festivals and special days
- Library resource: Penny, S, 2000, 'Symbols in Buddhism', in Buddhism, Heinemann Library, Oxford, pp. 20-21.
- eReserve: Wilkinson, P, 2003, Buddhist symbols, in Buddhism, Dorling Kindersley, London, pp. 42-43.
- Web resource: Buddhist (Symbols) Iconography
- Library resource: Harris, E.J, (1998), 'Buddhism and social engagement', in What Buddhists believe, Oneworld, Oxford, pp.99-130.
- eReserve: Rotem, O, 1996, 'The Buddhist community', in The Sacred east, Littleton, C.S, ed., Duncan Baird, pp. 80-81.
- eReserve: Snelling, J, 1996, 'The Principal schools and traditions', in Buddhism, Element, Shaftesbury, Dorset, pp. 70-89.
- Web resource: Organization of Buddhism
Ethical principles and oral or written codes of behaviour
- Library resource: Vardy, P, Gosch, P, 1994, 'Buddhist ethics', in The Puzzle of ethics, Fount, London, pp. 119-130.
- eReserve: Beck, M, et al, 2000, 'Religion and ethics, Buddhism', in Exploring religion, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, pp.279-283.
- Web resource: Buddhist protocol in brief
Religious experiences and spirituality
- Library resource: Thompson, M, 2005, The Buddhist experience, Hodder & Stoughton, Oxon.
- eReserve: Langley, M. (1996), The Buddhist path - Devotion and meditation, in Religion, HarperCollins, Sydney, pp.24-27.
- Web resource: What does it mean to lead a spiritual life? A Buddhist perspective
- BBC Religion - Buddhism Topics on this site include: Buddhism at a glance, Belief and Ethics, History, Customs, Holy Days and subdivisions
- BBC Religion - Zen Buddhism Zen Buddhism is a mixture of Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Taoism. It began in China, spread to Korea and Japan, and became very popular in the West from the mid 20th century.
- Buddha Net's Buddha Studies
- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the personal office of the Dalai Lama
- Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama - from Time Magazine
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Ethics for our Time from an University of California Television Presentation
- Capitalism, socialism and income inequeality - from the Happiness Conference 2010
- A conversation with Dalai Lama - CNN Interview from the 24th Sepetember 2010
Schools of Buddhism
- BBC Religions - Mahayana Buddhism
- BBC Religions - Thervada Buddhism
- Brief guide to the Major schools of Buddhism
- Buddhism in China
- Buddhist schools of Therada, Mahayana, Vajrayana; plus The Chinese schools and Japanese Buddhist schools
- Overview of the spread of Buddhism in Japan and the three main schools.