Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis (Google eBook)
This introduction to Buddhism examines its basic philosophical teachings and historical development, setting forth complex and significant ideas in a straightforward and simple style that is easily accessible to the student. The author's orientation is philosophical, rather than religious or sociological. This approach is both the uniqueness and the strength of the work. Part I outlines the historical background out of which Buddhism arose and emphasizes the teachings of early Buddhism. Part II examines developments in the history of Buddhist thought and the emergence of the various schools of Buddhism.
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Review: Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis (National Foreign Language Center Technical Reports)User Review - Jeroen Meylemans - Goodreads
The first section of the book is a helpful introduction to Bhuddism, but the second section and the appendix are really turgid and boring. I recommend reading the first section and then stop reading. Read full review
Review: Buddhist Philosophy: A Historical Analysis (National Foreign Language Center Technical Reports)User Review - Andrea Patrick - Goodreads
Yay! An easy-to-understand scholarly history of Buddhism. Sadly, it doesn't say much about Buddhism in China or Japan, just covers Buddhism in India. Good buy, though. Read full review