Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Religion - 323 pages
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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Contents

the Buddha
41
The nature and origins of Mahāyāna Buddhism
96
Some schools of Mainstream Buddhist thought
112
Mahāyāna philosophy
131
The Buddha in Mahāyāna Buddhism
167
MantranayaVajrayāna tantric Buddhism in India
192
classification and characteristics
202
Vajrayāna how distinct a way?
217
Elements of practice
223
initiation and empowerment
231
Tantric practitioners
238
Notes
245
Bibliography of works cited
277
Index
315
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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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