Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition

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Overview

"Buddhist Thought guides the reader toward an understanding and appreciation of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, tracing their development from the time of Buddha to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Of particular interest here is the accessible and up-to-date survey of Buddhist Tantra in India." "A detailed bibliography completes a comprehensive, authoritative and engaging introduction to one of the world's great philosophies."--BOOK JACKET.
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"I know of no more lucid expositor of Indian or Buddhist philosophy ... Though there is no shortage of introductions to Buddhism on the market, I found this one compelling reading ... I shall recommend this lively and authoritative volume to all my students."– Richard Gombrich, University of Oxford, UK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415207003
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/21/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Williams is Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy and Co-Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. His numerous publications include Mahayana Buddhism (Routledge, 1989).

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Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The Doctrinal Position of the Buddha in Context; 2. Mainstream Buddhism: The Basic Thought of the Buddha; 3. The Nature and Origins of Mahayana Buddhism; 4. The Classical Schools of Mainstream Buddhist Thought; 5. Mahayana Philosophy; 6. The Buddha in Mahayana Buddhism; 7. Mantranaya/Vajrayana - Tantric Buddhism in India; Bibliography of Works Cited; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources
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