Troubador Discovering Buddhism

Released: 28/03/2022

ISBN: 9781803131122

eISBN: 9781803138626

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Discovering Buddhism introduces Buddhism as a culture and civilization, a system of thought and a religion. This fascinating book presents the views and practices of all the main Buddhist traditions without bias and addresses the history of Buddhism, the key topics taught by the Buddha, and a selection of contemporary issues. It also includes critical assessments of the material, connecting traditional accounts with contemporary scholarship.

The author makes each subject relevant and interesting so readers can engage in personal reflection and inquiry. This encounter with Buddhist ideas invites readers to question their outlook on life and can help make their views more aligned with reality.

The book is written in a clear and accessible way for the non-specialist and provides up-to-date information for the teaching of Buddhism in schools complemented by the educational resources available on the Windows into Buddhism website. Authoritative and comprehensive, Discovering Buddhism is the go-to resource for anyone who is curious to know who the Buddha was, what he said, and why so many Westerners today find meaning in his teachings. 

My first book was 'Buddhism' (Philip Allan, 2005).

David Rycroft, Director, Mind with Heart mindwithheart.org
This book is a go-to resource for us all. If you are an RE teacher looking for inspiring lesson content, you will find it here. If you are a teenager questioning life and death’s big questions, you will find satisfying material here. If you are a Buddhist and want a clear overview of the path, you will find it here. Even if you are a hard-core materialist, you will find the treatment of profound concepts very engaging. This reliable resource is written with both clarity and warmth. The clarity helps us understand this formidable philosophical ecosystem. And the warmth invites us to experiment with the content, bringing colour to as-yet unexplored areas of our lives.

Noa Jones, Director, Middle Way Education, New York
Dominique Side’s textbook “Buddhism”, which was created for use in the British education system, is our go-to text for parents who are admitting their children to our Buddhist school. Many have very little, if any, understanding of the fundamentals of the dharma. This book offers a clear, factual, non-sectarian overview of the key aspects of Buddhism. We go out of our way to get copies of it but since it is out of print, their cost is often many times more than the original price. Our school administration would be really happy if an updated edition was made available.

Daniela Dalal, school teacher, Heidelberg, Germany
I have been using Dominique Side's book on "Buddhism" for several years. I find it extremely useful when I am teaching about Buddhism to teenagers. This book gives a very authentic, thorough and complete overview of all aspects of Buddhism which helped me to deepen my own understanding of Buddhism and made it easy for me to prepare my classes. The fact that the content is not related to one specific school of Buddhism offers a broad perspective on the subject. The summaries and questions at the end of each chapter are really useful.

H.G. Posthuma, UK 4.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon
An excellent introduction. I bought the book out of curiosity. I have written books about contingencies between Buddhism and Christianity, so I was not looking for an introduction, really. But to be honest, for me it is not introductory, but really interesting, engaging and deepening my understanding of Buddhism. And I wonder why it is not reprinted and translated? The author is well-informed about Buddhism and a talented teacher at that.

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Buddhist Door

Most of the parents who send their children to the Middle Way School do not identify as Buddhists but they are curious and open and want to learn more. To introduce these parents to the history, philosophy, and culture of Buddhism, we have long relied on a textbook for high school students in the UK that was written by Dominique Side, wishing that it was more readily available. We are so happy that she has now published this even more comprehensive and clear book. We highly recommend Discovering Buddhism for any dharma library.

by Noa Jones, Exec Director, Middle Way Education


Discovering Buddhism is a go-to resource for us all; If you are a teacher looking for inspiring lesson content, you will find it here. If you are a teenager questioning life and death’s big questions, you will find satisfying material here. If you are a Buddhist and want a clear overview of the Path, you will find it here. All readers interested in experiencing wisdom, cultivating it as it has been cultivated through the ages, will find avenues to explore here.

This reliable resource is written with both clarity and warmth. The clarity helps us understand the depth and breadth of Buddhist culture. The warmth invites us to experiment with the content, bringing colour to as-yet unexplored areas of our lives.

by David Rycroft, director Mind With Heart


I wish I had this book when I was taking religion in college. This is one book that gives Buddhism in its basics and in an understandable manner. I recommend this book.

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Dominique Side writes a book that is helpful to new-comers to Buddhism but not in the usual way. Side posits Buddhism through the lens of changing one's life with what are principles of Buddhism but is not wed to Buddhism itself. A new way of looking at oneself and the world around us is quite enlightening - at least for me.

The contextualization, history, and culture of Buddhism offer a grounding in a wider area of Buddhist thought. It is presented in the way of an author without an agenda.

I enjoyed this book.

by Librarian, NetGalley


Dominique Side's book is beyond excellent. It is so clear and well written. She gives a good survey of how positive modernisation of Buddhism has occurred from the Theravada to the Mahayana - the Pure Land schools and Zen - and Vajrayana. She shows how modernisation can occur when it's anchored in the truth of the Buddha's words.

by Chagdud Khadro, Buddhist teacher


Dominique  Side

I encountered Tibetan Buddhism in the mid-seventies and have been studying, practising and teaching it ever since. I have a Ph.D. in Buddhist philosophy and have taught Buddhism and Critical Thinking in London schools for many years. I wrote a textbook for the AS and A2 UK curriculum entitled 'Buddhism' (Philip Allan Updates, 2005), and before that had edited two books by the Dalai Lama, 'The Four Noble Truths' and 'Transforming the Mind'.

I am in the process of creating a new website with educational resources on Buddhism in English. It is called 'Windows into Buddhism' and will launch in July 2022.


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