Nothing, nothing, and nothing again –
still, lucid and empty.
But the emptiness lacks that which is emptied;
In and out are the same.
If you wish to know this true bit of news,
Cultivators of the Way.
Direct your efforts toward the single goal.
And after death, one comes alive.
(Master Hsu Yun)
'Buddhism: A Concise Introduction'
By Huston Smith (Author), Philip Novak (Author)
A concise and up-to-date guide to the history, teachings, and practice of Buddhism by two luminaries in the field of world religions.
Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.
Philip Novak is the Santo Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, where he has taught for over twenty years, and the author of The World's Wisdom, a widely used anthology of the sacred texts of the world's religions and the companion reader to Huston Smith's The World's Religions.
“A valuable primer on Buddhism East and West, old and new.”
(David Loy, author of A Buddhist History of the West)
“Those seeking to dip a toe into Buddhism will find this an inviting pond.”
(Dallas Morning News)
“A useful primer for those new to the study of Buddhism.”
“This book is an impressive and accessible overview of the core teachings [of Buddhism].
(Inquiring Mind Magazine)