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Black Buddhism

A research guide on Black Buddhism supporting the Black Buddhism Faculty Project of the Princeton University Center for Culture, Society, and Religion

Introductions to Buddhism


Peter Harvey, An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Keown, Damien and Charles Prebish, Introducing Buddhism (London: Routledge, 2009).

Keown, Damien. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd edn, Very Short Introductions (Oxford, 2013).

Mitchell, Donald W. Introducing the Buddhist Experience (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Robinson, R. H., W.L. Johnson, and Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co. Inc., 2003).

The Buddha’s Life

M. Carrithers, The Buddha: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Theravāda Buddhism

Gombrich, Richard. Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo (London: Routledge, 1988).

Gethin, Rupert. The Foundations of Buddhism (Oxford: Oxford Paperbacks, 1998).

Williams, Paul, Anthony Tribe, and Alex Wynne, Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition (London: Routledge, 2011).

Mahāyāna Buddhism

Paul Williams, Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations (London: Routledge, 1989).

Tibetan Buddhism

Powers, John. Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2008).

Samuel, Geoffrey. Introducing Tibetan Buddhism (London: Routledge, 2012).