This book begins by posing and answering the question: What is Buddhism?
Assuming no previous knowledge, issues such as the legacy of India and the life of the Buddha are discussed.
Later sections include: the beliefs and practices of the Mahayana and Theravada schools, with particular emphasis on the four main Mahayana schools of Nichiren, Tibetan, Zen and Pure Land; the Four Noble Truths; the Buddhist councils; rebirth; meditation; festivals; concepts of reality; and yoga.
The book ends with a look at the state of Buddhism in the world today and discusses its current popularity.
As one commentator has written: New Buddhist groups are springing up like lotus flowers on a hot day.
The appeal is due to its undogmatic and open-minded approach which encourages understanding and questioning, and makes Buddhism a prime source for discovering the self within a non-violent tradition.