Nagarjuna in Context: Mahayana Buddhism and Early Indian Culture

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Columbia University Press, Aug 21, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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Joseph Walser provides the first examination of Nagarjuna's life and writings in the context of the religious and monastic debates of the second century CE. Walser explores how Nagarjuna secured the canonical authority of Mahayana teachings and considers his use of rhetoric to ensure the transmission of his writings by Buddhist monks. Drawing on close textual analysis of Nagarjuna's writings and other Buddhist and non-Buddhist sources, Walser offers an original contribution to the understanding of Nagarjuna and the early history of Buddhism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Locating Maháyána
16
2 Locating Nágárjuna
59
3 Maháyána and the Constraints of Monastic Law
89
4 Maháyána Sńtras as Monastic Property
123
5 On the Parasitic Strategies of Maháyána
153
6 Abhidharma and Sectarian Identity
188
7 Nágárjuna and the Abhidharma
224
Toward the Outline of a Career
264
The Authorship of the Ratnávalô
271
Notes
279
Bibliography
339
Index
357
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Joseph Walser is associate professor and department chair of comparative religion at Tufts University.


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