One volume introductions to Buddhism – beginners

Harris, E. (ed.) 2020. Buddhism in 5 Minutes. Sheffield: Equinox (forthcoming).

(including Cush, D. ‘Is Buddhism a Religion?’)

Cush, D. 1990. Buddhists in Britain Today. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

One volume introductions to Buddhism – A level, undergraduate and adult general reader

Cush, D. 1994. Buddhism. London: London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Dossett, W. 2016. Buddhism for AS students. Cardiff: Cardiff Met Press.

Erricker, C. 1995/2001. Teach Yourself Buddhism. London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Gethin, R. 1998. The Foundations of Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford Paperbacks.

Gombrich, R.F. 2006. Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo. 2nd edition (first 1988). London: Routledge.

Gombrich, R.F.& Bechert, H., 1991. The World of Buddhism: Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Society and Culture. London: Thames and Hudson.

Gray, R. 2017. Buddhism for A level Year 1. Cheltenham: Illuminate.

Heap, N., Gray, R., and Webber, P. 2019. Buddhism for A level Year 2. Cheltenham: Illuminate.

Harvey, P. 2012. An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices. 2nd Edition (first 1990). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Keown, D. 2013. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction. 2nd Edition (first 1996). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Prebish, C. and Keown, D. 2009. Introducing Buddhism. 2nd Edition (first 2006). London: Routledge.

Williams, P., 2008. Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations. London: Routledge.

Arguments for teaching Buddhism in schools

Backus, J. and Cush, D. 2008. ‘Buddhism within the English state school system’. In Dharma to the UK: A Centennial Celebration of Buddhist Legacy, ed. M. Deegalle, 231–246. London: World Buddhist Foundation.

Cush, D. 2018. Teaching about Buddhism: some points to bear in mind. Professional Reflection/REtoday, 35:3, pp. 60-64.

Cush, D. 2020. ‘Should Buddhism be taught in Schools?’ In E. Harris (ed.) Buddhism in 5 Minutes. Sheffield: Equinox (forthcoming).

Morgan, P. 1986. The place of Buddhism in the religious education curriculum. British Journal of Religious Education 9.1, p.17-21.

Other sources mentioned in this essay

Claxton, G. 1989. Buddhist Lives (London: Oliver & Boyd).

Gombrich, R. 1971. Precept and Practice. Oxford: OUP.

Gombrich, R. 1996. How Buddhism Began. London: Athlone.

Harvey, P. 1994. ‘Buddhism’ in J. Holm and J. Bowker (eds.) Human Nature and Destiny. London: Pinter.

Morgan, P. 1986. Buddhism in Primary Schools. Resource, 8(2): 1-2.

CoRE (Commission on Religious Education). 2018. Final Report: Religion and Worldviews, the Way Forward: A national plan for RE. London: RE Council. Available at:

Wintersgill, B. (ed.) 2017. Big Ideas for Religious Education. Exeter: University of Exeter. Also available from: 

Wintersgill, B., with Cush, D. and Francis, D. 2019. Putting Big Ideas into Practice in Religious Education. Available from:

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