Recently Buddhism has been gaining many followers in the West, with many high-profile converts. This lucid introduction to a complex topic will prove essential to all Christians seeking to reach Buddhists with the gospel. The main belief of Buddhism is that human beings are responsible for their own liberation. This religious philosophy has given rise to great civilizations. Additionally, Buddhist art has flourished, and Buddhist scholarship has reached new heights. Never published previously in the U.S., this is a new edition with updated text and Web-based resources for every chapter, along with clear learning objectives and topics for fruitful discussion.