A Few Good Men: The Bodhisattva Path According to The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugraparip̣rcchā)
A Few Good Men is a study and translation of The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugraparipṛcch‚), one of the most influential Mah‚y‚na sutras on the bodhisattva path, but also one of the most neglected texts in Western treatments of Buddhism. To achieve a better understanding of the universe of ideas, activities, and institutional structures within which early self-proclaimed bodhisattvas lived, the author first considers the Ugra as a literary document, employing new methodological tools to examine the genre to which it belongs, the age of its extant versions, and their relationships to one another. She goes on to challenge the dominant notions that the Mah‚y‚na emerged as a "reform" of earlier Buddhism and offered lay people an "easier option."
A Few Good Men will be compelling reading for scholars and practitioners alike and others interested in the history of Indian Buddhism and the formation of Mah‚y‚na.