Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition
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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Some schools of Mainstream Buddhist thought
The Buddha in Mahāyāna Buddhism
MantranayaVajrayāna tantric Buddhism in India
classification and characteristics
Vajrayāna how distinct a way?
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