Why is this man smiling? : The Buddha -- One taste, different flavors : the teachings adapt to different lands -- What might an American Buddha look like? -- Different travel agents, same destination? : interfaith -- The handshake : Buddhism's basic beliefs -- Taking steps : the eightfold path -- The art of living : cardinal precepts -- The fine print : touching deeper -- Taking the plunge : beginning and cultivating your practice -- Base camp : meditation basics -- Look within and know : insight meditation (Vipassana) -- See? Words cannot express : Zen -- Paths of devotion and transformation : Pure Land and Vajrayana Buddhism -- Alone, together : Buddhist relationships -- No work, no eat : work to eat or eat to work? -- Everybody's doing it : Buddhism and popular culture -- New ways of seeing and being : Buddhism and fine arts -- The world within and without : Buddhism and the sciences -- Happiness is not an individual matter : engaging the world -- Times and places to celebrate.
An introduction to the teachings, concepts, schools, and practices of Buddhism explains the creation of the Buddhist universe, life of the Buddha, and enlightenment as a path to freedom from suffering.