Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Religion - 323 pages
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Buddhist Thought guides the reader towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha, to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Abstract and complex ideas are made understandable by the authors' lucid style. Of particular interest is the up-to-date survey of Buddhist Tantra in India, a branch of Buddhism where strictly controlled sexual activity can play a part in the religious path. Williams' discussion of this controversial practice as well as of many other subjects makes Buddhist Thought crucial reading for all interested in Buddhism.
  

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On the one hand, this book is indeed "complete," a very thorough explanation and exploration of Buddhist philosophy and history. On the other hand, it feels like a lot more than an "introduction ... Read full review

Contents

the basic thought
41
The nature and origins of Mahayana Buddhism
96
Some schools of Mainstream Buddhist thought
112
Mahayana philosophy
131
The Buddha in Mahayana Buddhism
167
MantranayaVajrayana tantric Buddhism in India
192
Notes
245
Bibliography of works cited 211
277
Index
315
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About the author (2000)

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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