In 2020 we are celebrating 25 years since the launch of the 'Very Short Introduction' series.
To mark the occasion, throughout the year we will be featuring one VSI each month, and our February title is 'Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction' by Damien Keown.
How it works: For each featured title we provide free access to the first chapter as well as a reading guide with questions for thought and discussion, written by the author. Over the course of the month we will post additional content on our Facebook group around the featured title to help foster discussion. Read at your own pace, in a group or by yourself, and leave your comments and thoughts on Facebook.
You can also join the party on social media with #VSI25.
Read the first chapter of 'Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction':
‘Buddhism and elephants’ asks: Is Buddhism a religion? Buddhism is large and complex, and does not fit well into traditional Western conceptions of religion. However, Buddhism does adhere to Ninian Smart's seven dimensions of religion. It has a diverse ritual and practical life, and the experience and compassion of the Buddha is the bedrock of Buddhist traditions.