Finding Information Quickly
Encyclopedias and dictionaries are geat sources of quick information. In addition, they will often list the more important works on the topic--the first works to consult if you want to know more. When the authors of an entry are identified, you can learn their academic credentials.
Call numbers listed are those at Andover-Harvard Library. Other copies in the Harvard Library are indicated with a link.
Note also that general encyclopedias and dictionaries of religions (Ref. BL31) and general works on religions (BL80, etc.) will also have entries on Buddhism.
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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
In approximately 800 A-to-Z entries, Encyclopedia of Buddhism provides easy access to the terms, concepts, personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped shape the history of Buddhism and the way it is practiced today. A comprehensive introduction that provides an overview of the tradition, a chronology, cross-references, further readings, a bibliography, a thorough index, and about 60 black-and-white photographs complete this volume.
This dictionary features broad-ranging entries on the history and doctrines of the major Buddhist schools, information on the spread of Buddhism in Asia and the West, and coverage of issues of contemporary concern such as human rights, abortion, euthanasia, ‘engaged Buddhism’, and the role of women in Buddhist teachings.
Reflects the current state of scholarship in Buddhist Studies, its entries being written by specialists in many areas, presenting an accurate overview of Buddhist history, thought and practices, most entries having cross-referencing to others and bibliographical references. Contain around 1000 pages and 500,000 words, totaling around 1200 entries. Authors of articles are identified.
In addition to containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, art, architecture, saints, demons, monastic orders, festivals, rites and ceremonies, this two-volume set explores the history of Buddhism, the different forms it has taken in different parts of the world, and how Buddhism has blended with other religions. Authors of articles are identified.
This is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field of religious studies. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since the first edition (1987), includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. researchers. Since this covers all religions, use the table of contents or the index to locate sections about Buddhism. Authors of articles are identified.
More Sources of Information
Encyclopaedia of Buddhism edited by G.P. Malalasekera. Colombo: Govt. of Ceylon, 1961- [Ref. BQ2 .E5; Harvard Library locations from HOLLIS].
The State of Buddhist Studies in the World: 1972-1997 edited by Donald K. Swearer, Somparn Promta. Bangkok, Thailand: Center for Buddhist Studies, Chulalongkorn University, 2000. [Ref. BQ120 .S73 2000; Harvard Library locations from HOLLIS].