Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations / Edition 2

Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations / Edition 2

by Paul Williams
     
 

Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

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Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

Paul Williams' Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion's diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams' book the ideal companion to their studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415356534
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
740,267
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 The Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita) Sutras 45

3 Madhyamika 63

4 Yogacara 84

5 The Tathagatagarbha 103

6 Huayan - the Flower Garland tradition 129

7 The Saddharmapundarika (Lotus) Sutra and it's influences 149

8 On the bodies of the Buddha 172

9 The path of the Bodhisattva 187

10 Trust, self-abandonment and devotion: the cults of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas 209

Notes 267

References 389

Index of Names 422

Index of Subjects 430

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