By Helen Josephine Baroni
This encyclopedia covers fairs, texts, doctrine, rituals, practices, biographies, deities and heroes, structure, mythology, sects, and associations of the spiritual culture lined. one of the greater than 1,700 entries are Dogen Kigan, Filial piety, and Shikhin Buddha. a lot of the content material contains brief, dictionary-type definitions, even if a few (for instance, Bodhisattva precepts, Buddha, Pilgrimage) are extra expansive. The illustrations are all black and white, ensue on nearly one-quarter of the pages, and customarily hide under part a web page. The entries comprise large cross-references, and the "Contents by way of Subject" in the beginning of the encyclopedia aids the reader in finding thematically similar entries. The insurance of the topic components is good.
The encyclopedia might have been significantly more advantageous with the inclusion of glossaries giving the phrases within the a number of languages concerned. A thesaurus of Sanskrit, chinese language characters, pinyin and Wade-Giles chinese language transliteration equipment, and transliterated eastern could considerably raise the software. even if the amount is enough for the final reader, this conspicuous omission limits its usefulness for the worse researcher.
Libraries that have already got universal faith reference assets, comparable to Eliade's The Encyclopedia of faith (Macmillan, 1987), will most likely locate no cause so as to add this new encyclopedia to their collections. another topic encyclopedias can also be extra necessary. for instance, Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Kodansha, 1993) comprises the chinese language characters with jap transliterations in addition to some distance better illustrations and offers reliable assurance of spiritual subject matters. even though, educational libraries aiding huge spiritual reports departments probably want to purchase The Ilustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism for the additional insurance. Public libraries that experience no different assets on Zen Buddhism may additionally think of it. RBB
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